Ticks carrying Lyme disease on the rise across N.B.
Excerpted from MSN: (06/06/2013)
A New Brunswick biologist says the number of ticks carrying Lyme disease in the province continues to rise and people should be on alert.
Vett Lloyd, who has been collecting samples of blacklegged ticks from veterinarians and pet owners for the past two years, says she’s received six times as many this year.
It appears the ticks are not dying off during the winter any more and many of them are testing positive for the bacterial infection, said Lloyd, a professor at Mount Allison University in Sackville.
In addition, the presence of infected ticks no longer appears to be localized, she said.
“There are a couple areas already known to be a problem, particularly Grand Manan, but we’re seeing infected ticks everywhere and about the same rate,” said Lloyd.