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Published on July 31st, 2008
Published on January 1st, 2010
Monique Chiasson

HILDEN – Don Hamilton hopes this time next week he will know whether or not he has Lyme disease.
The senior citizen was working in his Hilden yard last Friday as he usually does.
Upon taking a break, he felt a pest biting him and assumed it was a black fly or mosquito.
“I went to pick it off my leg and it was a tick,” said Hamilton.
He bagged the creature with the intention of passing it to his doctor for testing to see what breed it is and if it carries Lyme disease.
But before he saw his regular doctor earlier this week, Hamilton had to deal with a red, itchy, swollen leg.
“I wanted to claw at it for two days. It was swollen and red under an hour” of being bitten.
The bite also kept him from sleeping well because it was so irritated, he said.
He has been to the emergency department and was given ointment and antibiotics, which appear to be working.

Read Story here:

http://www.trurodaily.com/Personal-finance/2008-07-31/article-352345/Tick-bite-leaves-man-a-little-concerned/1

Deer ticks may be spreading to a larger area of Bedford, N.S., than was previously thought, says MLA Kelly Regan.

The tick carries a parasite that can cause Lyme disease, a condition that has affected several residents who live near Admiral’s Cove Park.

Last week, a case of a deer tick, also known as a blacklegged tick, with Lyme disease was confirmed several kilometres away on Doyle Street and Regan is warning residents to take precautions.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nova-scotia/story/2010/08/17/ns-tick-problem-spreads.html#ixzz0wvU8VBjc

image from halifax.ca

Halifax.ca’s Invasive Species warnings:
The black legged tick has been positively identified in Admiral’s Cove Park in Bedford.

read more: http://www.halifax.ca/environment/InvasiveSpecies.html

bsichel of Media Corp wrote:
Nova Scotia has seen 48 cases of Lyme disease since its first reporting in 2002, according to the Department of Health Promotion and Protection. This month’s cases in Bedford prompted a controversial plan by city council to use a powerful pesticide in the park – a plan quickly nixed by the provincial NDP government as it came to light that the pesticide is not approved for use in Canada. Bedford councillor Tim Outhit and the Chronicle-Herald’s editorial team have both condemned the province’s decision.

Read More: http://halifax.mediacoop.ca/story/ticks-move-weather/3736

Halifax metro posted article June 10, 2010
Tanya Payzant of Bedford son Bradly’s contrated Lyme Disease. They live in Admirals Cove. Her son is taking antibiotics for the Arthritis condition in his knee which is caused by the Lyme Disease with no effect.

read more:http://www.metronews.ca/halifax/local/article/547263–lyme-disease-exacts-physical-financial-tolls

Health Minister Maureen MacDonald’s decided to prevent the city from spraying pathways in the park in effort to control deer ticks that carry Lyme disease.
Chronicle herald has full story

http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorials/1188482.html

Halifax News Net

Published on July 31, 2009

By Lindsay Jones – The Weekly News

There are more reports of blacklegged ticks in the metro area this summer, but so far, none have tested positive for Lyme disease outside of the established area of Bedford.
Haligonians have discovered and submitted about 40 blacklegged ticks so far this summer – up from about a half dozen turned in last year, says Andrew Hebda, a zoologist at the Museum of Natural History.
“In part, there’s increased awareness so people are looking for ticks,” Hebda said.
“The other thing is … people are seeing a lot more ticks.”
Dog or wood ticks, which don’t carry diseases, are now being found in large numbers both in peninsular Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford and Sackville. The public has brought about 90 of them to the museum so far this summer, Hebda added.
Blacklegged ticks have been found in Halifax, specifically in Spryfield, York Redoubt National Historic Site and Fergusons Cove, as well as Fergusons Cove. None have been found to carry Lyme disease.
“The issue with blacklegged ticks is they’re been moved around by birds … and where we’re finding them is pretty well scattered throughout the province in random places,” Hebda said.
Blacklegged ticks are brown to reddish-orange, lack white markings on their backs and are much smaller than dog ticks. Their legs aren’t necessarily black.
When they’re hungry, they climb up tall grass or short shrubs and hang on with their front legs until a person or animal walks by. If they’re knocked off the plant, they start climbing up the body – rarely above the waistline – before they start embedding. Ticks found in the scalp line are usually dog ticks.

BLACKLEGGED TICKS AND LYME DISEASE

The earliest and most common symptom of Lyme disease is a bull’s-eye rash at the site of a tick bite. Other symptoms include fever, fatigue, muscle aches and headaches.
Lyme disease can be cured with antibiotics if detected early.
The disease can lead to more serious illnesses such as facial palsy (a weakening of facial muscles) and heart or chronic joint problems if untreated, though they’re rare.
Nova Scotia’s Department of Health Promotion and Protection suggests the top ways to avoid getting Lyme disease:
* Protect yourself from ticks by using insect repellent containing DEET.
* Cover as much skin as possible when outdoors.
* Check yourself and your children for ticks after outdoor activities in areas where blacklegged ticks are established.
Source: Department of Health Promotion
and Protection

“If you go for a walk in the woods, stick to the path,” Hebda said. “Keep your grass a little bit lower.”
A blacklegged tick may start feeding 24 to 48 hours after it lands on you. Hebda suggested checking for ticks by feeling for new bumps on the skin after returning from a walk. If you discover a tick, don’t use Vaseline or oil. Grab the tick firmly at the base and pull it straight out.
“We need all the feeding bits to be able to confirm the identification,” he said. “And if you leave some bits inside you they could get infected.”
He asked that people put the tick in a vial or tape it to a piece of cardstock and bring it into the museum on Summer Street in Halifax, or to any Department of Natural Resources office in the province. Jot down as much information as possible about the area the tick was found, and where it may have been picked up.
“The more information that accompanies it the better, because we’re trying to confirm where are all the tick species in the province, when are they appearing and if any diseases appear,” Hebda said.
The areas where blacklegged ticks have tested positive for Lyme disease include the Admiral’s Cove Park area in Bedford, andBedfordand Shelburne counties.
lindsayleejones@gmail.com

See Article:

http://www.halifaxnewsnet.ca/Business/2009-07-31/article-989452/Ticks-carrying-Lyme-disease-found-only-in-certain-areas/1