Lyme Disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Ticks are more prevalent than ever this year and it is important to protect your family and pets against Lyme disease which is spread by the black legged deer tick. Please be cautious in wooded and grassy areas and check yourselves and your pets for ticks. Vets in Mississauga and residents have already reported increased numbers of ticks on pets this spring. Please report all ticks to Peel Health as they will note locations and will drag the area and test for type. Click here for Peel Health and here for information from Animal Services. To find out how to prevent ticks click here.
West Nile Virus (WNV) is a potentially serious illness. It is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected by biting an infected bird. The Region of Peel is constantly testing mosquitoes and recently (week of September 11, 2017) there was a batch found at 10th Line and Thomas St. Click here to learn about West Nile Virus and how to protect yourself.