Vector-borne diseases (VBD), although rare, pose a serious threat to Ontarians. If a disease is vector-borne, it means it can be spread to humans or other animals by a vector – such as mosquitoes and ticks (most common in Ontario). The most notable are:
Reactions to these illnesses can range from minor or none at all, to quite severe. Anyone who is exposed to areas where these vectors can be found is at risk, and it is important to take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your family.