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Researchers: the spread of Lyme disease in Northwestern Ontario

An Ontario researcher who studies lyme disease in Canada says there’s increasing evidence that it is prevalent in northwestern Ontario — particularly in the far west, around Kenora.
Symptoms of Lyme disease, which is spread through ticks, include fever, headache, fatigue and a bull’s-eye rash.
The study omitted wood ticks, as they are not known to carry lyme disease, he said.
Some common names for the ticks Scott studied include the pale beaver tick, the groundhog tick and, of course, the black-legged, or deer tick.
As for the infection rate, Scott said 94 ticks, consisting only of species known to carry Borrelia burgdorferi — the bacteria that causes lyme disease — were collected in the Kenora area and tested.

Lyme disease researcher says he's surprised by recent northwestern Ontario findings

referring to The Task Force on Lyme Disease, established by the legislature, issued its report in September 2015.
Buy Photo Randy Negley, who has battled Lyme disease, recommends tick repellents as prevention.
“The volume of cases of suspect Lyme disease in Pennsylvania exceeds the department’s resources to conduct case investigations on all cases,” Culp said.
Pennsylvania is spreading awareness about Lyme disease, but has done little else about the tick-borne illness since a task force made its recommendations 18 months ago.
The department of health plans a communications campaign during Lyme Disease Awareness Month in May.

we’re on the edge of the danger of the spread of Lyme disease

referring to A bumper crop of acorns could be putting the US on the brink of an unprecedented outbreak of Lyme disease, experts warn.
“That’s when you get late-stage, untreated, supremely problematic Lyme disease,” Ostfeld said.
Lyme disease diagnoses could soon soar globally, too.
There’s a new Lyme vaccine, produced by French-based biotech group Valneva, but it’s in early human trials and at least six years away from being publicly released.
An estimated 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, but the illness is now on track to being the worst in 2017, according to Rick Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York.

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