Employees of the DND building in Carling have observed the placement of several sign in the forest area close to their building. The signs were posted during the weekend by a non-governmental organization which aims to raise the awareness that ticks may carry highly dangerous diseases.
The path is a very circulated one as many dog walkers and employees of the Department of National Defense travel through the marked areas daily. They had no idea that they were exposed to the ticks, or about the consequences that may follow. One worker confessed that a colleague of his was bitten last week as he walked towards home. One of the bites turned brown, raising concerns.
The NGO, named VOCAL Ottawa, an acronym for Voices of Canadians about Lyme disease, desires raise awareness about Lyme disease. Leslie Fleming, a member of the group, spends her time walking the around the trail and informing people about the danger posed by ticks, and how they can transmit Lyme disease. Fleming has diagnosed with Lyme disease herself several years ago.
The Lyme disease is an infectious disease spread by contacting a bacterium of the Borrelia type, spread by ticks. While at first, only a minor rash may appear, several serious symptoms such as paralysis, heart palpitations, migraines and others may soon develop. The problems become chronic, appearing in several episodes for months or years after exposure took place. While the problem can be treated, some patients will still present symptoms and discomfort for several months. In the rare case when it is neglected, the disease may lead to fatal complications for certain patients.
Some of the people that used to take long walks through the forest are now more attentive to their surrounding s, taking extra steps to prevent any unnecessary risks. The aim of the VOCAL Ottawa is to help people prevent the issues and they seem to be doing a great job.