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​Ticks and Lyme Disease

The Brant County Health Unit collects ticks and sends them to for testing of Lyme Disease and other diseases.

Lyme Disease is an infection resulting from a bite from an infected blacklegged (deer) tick. Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics. Blacklegged ticks are found in areas of Southern Ontario, including:

  • Long Point Provincial Park
  • Turkey Point Provincial Park

If you find a tick on yourself or a family member, follow these steps to remove it and bring it to the Brant County Health Unit to be sent for testing:

  1. Remove the attached tick with tweezers (grab the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull straight out).
  2. Wash your hands and apply antiseptic ointment to the bite area.
  3. Write down the date and place where tick was most likely picked up and where on your body it bit you.
  4. Place the tick in a container and bring it to the Health Unit (194 Terrace Hill St., Brantford.)

    New for 2019
    : You can now submit a photo of a tick to eTick.ca for identification. Visit the site for instructions on how to take and submit photos of a tick.

Lyme Disease is a reportable disease and must be reported to your local Medical Officer of Health under the Health Promotion and Protection Act.

Environmental Health
519-753-4937 x 470
EnvironmentalHealth@bchu.org