This is a bacterial disease caused by Borrelia organisms. It is transmitted when an individual is bitten by the eastern and western black legged ticks (deer ticks). The disease may infect both humans and animals and if untreated may result in severe symptoms.
Lyme disease is preventable. By taking the right precautions and spreading the word, you can effectively protect your family from Lyme.
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid tick-infested areas whenever possible, particularly in spring and early summer when nymph ticks feed. Adult ticks are a bigger threat in fall. Ticks favour moist, shaded environments; especially leafy wooded areas and overgrown grassy habitats.
Top 5 tick habitat precautions
More information on Lyme Disease
Download the Fact Sheet on Lyme Disease - this is a fact sheet only and is not to be used in place of professional medical advice. If you suspect Lyme Disease please seek medical treatment.
CanLyme - Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation has a fabulous website that provide excellent guidance on detecting and avoiding ticks causing Lyme Disease.
National Institute of Health - Borrelia organism