(Ontario) Tick count way up: health unit

Excerpted from The Chronicle Journal  ( Posted: 07/29/2010 )

The Thunder Bay and District Health Unit‘s tick monitoring program reports an upswing in tick populations and two confirmed blacklegged ticks, also known as deer ticks, with Lyme disease.

These are the first cases of Lyme disease confirmed in the Thunder Bay region.

“We really don‘t know why the deer ticks have carried Lyme disease here, but we do suspect warmer temperatures are a factor,” Darlene Binette, manager of the health unit‘s infectious disease program, said Wednesday. “We are getting reports of more ticks, wood and deer in general, from the public who are collecting them for our program and just seeing more of them in the wild.”

For the full article: http://www.chroniclejournal.com/stories_local.php?id=283330

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~ by Rob on July 29, 2010.

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