Surveillance data shows that there are established populations of ticks in the Outaouais, particularly in the southern part of the region.
The Municipality of Chelsea, La Pêche and Pontiac are considered endemic areas for ticks. This means that the risk of catching Lyme disease is significant. There is also a risk in several other municipalities not considered endemic, including Gatineau, Val-des-Monts and Plaisance. Lyme disease can affect people’s health and quality of life—so it’s important to adopt simple and effective preventive measures.
When you return from an outdoor activity, examine your equipment and your entire body. Examine your children during bath time.
If you see a tick, remove it with tweezers and store it in a tightly closed container.