Public health authorities in the Outaouais are reminding the population to beware of ticks, particularly in the Pontiac, where it is reported that more than 20% of ticks in the territory are carriers of Lyme disease. A host on CHIP 101.9, Nathalie Vasiloff, spoke with the planning, programming and research officer in environmental health at the Public Health Department, Ms. Gilles Delaunay.
"It is important to dress appropriately and use mosquito repellent. Ticks are just waiting for the chance to grab onto the skin of a human friend. So you have to cover yourself well before going out. It is advisable to walk the trails, since ticks live in forests, woodlands and tall grass. It is also recommended to wash and inspect yourself when returning home after an activity, ”said Ms. Delaunay.
Despite everything, public health reminds us that Lyme disease should not prevent people from going out and enjoying the beautiful summer season. “What is needed is to follow the advice and be vigilant, but the benefits of nature far outweigh the risk,” says Ms. Delaunay.
The French interview with the Planning, Programming and Research Officer in Environmental Health at the Public Health Department, Ms. Gilles Delaunay is available here.