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Ottawa: 1 In 3 Ticks Carrying Lyme Disease

Recently, we read that a local woman has launched trek for Lyme disease awareness. Kristy Wood-Giles was infected with a devastating case of Lyme disease when she was bitten by ticks on a hiking trip five years ago. In the month of May' 2018, this Almonte woman was back on the trails with a mission, launching the Ontario portion of her TransCanada Trek for Lyme. It was reported that about 40 supporters of all ages, all clad in lime-green T-shirts with sinister black ticks on the back, joined her for a three-km stretch along the Ottawa River from the Canadian War Museum to an awareness event at city hall.

Last year the number of reported human cases of Lyme disease in Ottawa has jumped from 74 to 168 confirmed human cases. This actually represents the seriousness of Lyme disease in Ottawa area and also highlights need to take ticks infestation far more seriousely.

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. Preventing tick bites is key to the prevention of Lyme disease. According to Ottawa Public Health, you can do this by:

  • Applying an approved insect repellent containing DEET or icaridin
  • Doing a tick check on yourself, your children, and pets
  • Checking your pet daily for ticks, especially if it spends time in wooded or overgrown areas
  • Removing ticks as soon as possible. If you find a tick on your body, using fine-pointed tweezers, grasp the tick's head as close to the skin as possible and pull slowly until the tick is removed. Do not twist or rotate the tick. Do not use a match, lotion or anything else on the tick.

There are more ticks in more parts of Canada now, experts say, and they believe that this could lead to more cases of Lyme disease this year. If you think (or suspect) that your home or office is infestated by ticks, then you must contact a professional pest control company as they will not only help identify ticks but also remove/terminate them. Epidemiologist Dr. Manisha Kulkarni says her research shows that at least one in every three ticks is carrying the bacteria that can cause a chronic and debilitating illness. The research so far shows about 30 to 40 percent of those west end ticks are testing positive for Lyme disease but Dr. Kulkarni believes it could be higher than that.

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