Results of the 2017 surveillance activities in Saint-Lazare
Saint-Lazare (Quebec), Tuesday, May 8, 2018 – During the 2017 summer season, a team composed of students from Université de Montréal’s faculty of veterinary medicine collected ticks from Parc nature Les-Forestiers-de Saint-Lazare as part of the Institut national de santé publique’s Lyme disease surveillance activities.
Ticks were collected using a flanel (a piece of white fabric tied to a stick) and the collected ticks were sent to the Laboratoire de santé publique du Québec (LSPQ of the INSPQ) for identification. Following this, ticks belonging to the Ixodes scapularis species (carriers of Lyme disease) were sent to the Public Health Agency of Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg for detection, most notably of the Borrelia burgdorferi pathogen.
The Town of Saint-Lazare wishes to inform its residents that no ticks of the Ixodes scapularis species (carriers of Lyme disease) were collected from our park. Regardless, the Town continues to recommend that citizens adhere to the following public health guidelines: http://sante.gouv.qc.ca/problemes-de-sante/maladie-de-lyme/.