Preview: Issue 14

Ticks Canadians should know

The latest issue of The Lyme Report goes out to subscribers tomorrow and it rings in the New Year by shining a spotlight on some resident tick species you may never have heard of before, a few tick-borne organisms that have been documented in this country for the first time, and the online search habits of Canadians. Here’s what subscribers will find in tomorrow’s issue:

  • FEATURE:  Of the roughly 40 ticks species that call Canada home, only a handful carry organisms known to cause illness in humans. In this issue, we’ll take a look at what you need to know about nine of these disease causing tick species, including where they’re found, what pathogens they carry, and how concerned we should be about them.   

  • ANALYSIS:  Researchers decided to go looking for evidence that tick-borne pathogens may be present in Canada that have been going undetected. Specifically, they were looking for several species of Babesia and Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato. I’ll take you through what they found, where they found it, and what it all means. 

  • INSIGHT: A reference was recently made in a research paper to the online search habits of Canadians in relation to Lyme disease. So I decided to look more closely at what tick-related terms Canadians are searching on, what they (surprisingly) are not searching on and what trends could be identified.

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