Fight the Bite

Diseases can spread to people through mosquito or tick bites, or contact with animals. Therefore, it's important to know how to avoid these diseases.

Click on the links below to learn more about West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease and Rabies, and what you can do to fight the bite.

Note: If you think you may have any of these illnesses, or have been bitten by an animal, immediately contact your doctor and also inform Public Health at 519-883-2008, ext. 5147

For more information, check Fight the Bite Brochure 

West Nile Virus

blue circle with white silhouette of a mosquito West Nile is a virus carried by mosquitoes that can cause illness. Although most people who become infected don't get sick, there is potential to develop symptoms that range from mild to serious.

To learn more, please check the West Nile Virus page.

Lyme Disease

green circle with white silhouette of a tick Lyme Disease is an infection caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. In Ontario, the bacteria are spread by the bite of black-legged ticks. The first sign of infection is usually a circular rash at the site of the bite. It's important to seek medical attention quickly because Lyme Disease can develop into a chronic illness.

To learn more, please check the Lyme Disease page.


red circle with white silhouette of a dog's head Rabies is a viral disease that attacks the nervous system of all warm blooded animals, including humans. Raccoons, foxes, skunks, bats, cats, dogs and cattle are most likely to get rabies. Once symptoms appear, rabies is almost always fatal in animals and humans.

To learn more, please check the Rabies page.