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May 16, 2018
Toronto Public Health to host media event on blacklegged ticks and Lyme disease
  
Toronto Public Health will hold a media event tomorrow at Glen Eagles Vista to address the results from the City's blacklegged tick surveillance activities in 2017 and provide tips on how to prevent Lyme disease, which can be spread by this type of tick. As part of the event, media will be provided with a demonstration on how ticks are collected from the environment through a process known as tick dragging.

Date: Thursday, May 17
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Glen Eagles Vista (park), Twyn Rivers Drive, Scarborough

Interview opportunities will be available with experts on:
• Toronto Public Health's blacklegged tick surveillance program including where residents should submit ticks
• Lyme disease prevention tips
• Safe removal of ticks

Lyme disease, an illness caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, can be spread through the bite of an infected blacklegged tick. Although the risk of becoming infected in Toronto remains low, taking appropriate precautions can help lower the risk of getting bitten.

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Media Contact
Brian Kellow
Toronto Public Health
416-392-1494
Brian.Kellow@toronto.ca

 

 

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