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Ticks and Lyme Disease

If you are enjoying the great outdoors be aware that local blacklegged ticks may transmit Lyme disease.  These ticks are most commonly found in wooded areas or areas with tall grasses.

You can prevent tick bites, and help prevent the spread of Lyme disease by:

  • Applying an approved insect repellent containing DEET or Icaridin
  • Doing a tick check on yourself, your children and pets after playing outdoors
  • If a tick is found, removing it promptly
  • Consider contacting your primary health care provider – see our Bitten by a Tick? resource for more information.
  • Contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Common signs and symptoms of Lyme disease are a bull’s eye rash (this occurs in approximately 70-80% of cases), fatigue, muscle or joint pain, headache, fever, stiff neck and decreased appetite.

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We are gradually resuming in-person services at HPEPH by appointment only at this time.  Please review our Service Interruptions page for more information.

All program lines and the COVID-19 information line operate Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (excluding statutory holidays).

To assist us with our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, we ask anyone visiting the office for an appointment to:

  • bring a non-medical mask, physical distancing may not be possible during your appointment
  • maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres, both inside and outside the office
  • review symptoms of COVID-19, and reschedule your appointment if you have symptoms of the virus, or any other illness
  • reschedule your appointment if a family member or other close contact is ill
  • use accessible buttons to open doors, instead of handles
  • use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the building

We have made additional changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are visiting our office for an appointment, you can be confident that we are:

  • increasing our cleaning, in alignment with heightened infection control protocols
  • considering alternatives to in-person appointments and meetings when possible
  • screening staff and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19
  • offering in-person services by appointment only to reduce traffic in office
  • ensuring staff wear masks and/or other protective equipment when seeing clients

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