A Message from the NTCI Parents Mailing List:

I have been asked to send this information to you from Toronto Public Health & 
the TDSB:

May 21, 2015

To: Parent/Guardian

Re: Blacklegged Ticks

As recently reported in the media, Toronto Public Health has found blacklegged 
ticks on Algonquin Island and Morningside Park. These ticks can be infected 
with the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. The ticks have been sent to the 
National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg for further identification and 
testing for these bacteria. Testing can take up to several weeks.

Late last fall, Toronto Public Health found blacklegged ticks in Rouge Valley. 
Finding blacklegged ticks in multiple locations in the City suggests these 
ticks are becoming established in Toronto. However, the risk of Lyme disease in 
Toronto is low and the vast majority of ticks are not infected.

Blacklegged ticks are found in bushy or wooded areas that have tall grass or 
lots of leaves on the ground. We are aware that some schools have planned 
end-of-year outdoor field trips. Parents can help their child take appropriate 
precautions when enjoying outdoor activities in wooded and bushy areas by 
having them:

 Wear light coloured clothing so ticks can be easily spotted;

 Wear long sleeves and long pants; tuck pants into socks;

 Use bug repellent containing DEET (please follow manufacturer's 
instructions); and

 Inspected by an adult or buddy for any attached ticks.

Ticks found on the skin should be promptly removed. Transmission of Lyme 
disease requires the tick to be attached for at least 24 hours. Ticks removed 
can be submitted to Toronto Public Health for identification and further 

For more information, please visit our web site at toronto.ca/health or call 


Dr. David McKeown
Medical Officer of Health
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