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Prince Edward Island

Chances of contracting Lyme disease on the Island may be slim, but a recent increase of cases in Atlantic Canada is cause to be more vigilant, says P.E.I.’s Chief Public Health Office.

The disease is caused by a bacteria found in some deer ticks, and can be passed to humans through a bite.

The Public Health Agency of Canada recently said instances of the disease are on the rise across the country, with more disease-carrying ticks reported in Nova Scotia, New Bruswick, Manitoba and Ontario.

But Dr. Heather Morrison, the Island’s Chief Public Health Officer, said cases of Lyme disease originating in this province are non-existent.

“There’s never been a case of Lyme disease diagnosed in a human in P.E.I., who acquired the disease from a tick bite in P.E.I.,” Morrison said.

“Deer ticks can be brought in by migratory birds, for instance, so the concern is always to be vigilant. Given what’s going on in our neighbouring provinces, we’re certainly concerned about increasing Lyme disease in ticks.”

She added that some patients have been diagnosed with the disease on the Island in the past, but their tick bites always originated in other areas.

The public health office sends a letter to all physicians in the provinces around this time of year, reminding them to submit any ticks they find for testing, along with information on how to test for Lyme disease in humans.

Pets can also be susceptible to bites and Lyme disease. Morrison said Charlottetown’s Atlantic Veterinary College follows a similar testing procedure with any ticks it finds on animals.

The main symptoms of Lyme in humans include: The appearance of a rash, and non-specific flu-like symptoms such as headaches, fevers, aches and pains.

“Those symptoms usually start three to 32 days after a known, possible tick bite,” Morrison explained. “Lyme disease is able to be treated with antibiotics, and the main tests for it are… blood tests. Sometimes it requires initial testing, but also follow-up testing 30 days later.”

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À few interesting links:

Coyote Management in Prince Edward Island…/fae_coyote_man.pdf

Birds Disperse Ixodid (Acari: Ixodidae) and Borrelia ……/1043.pdf

Biological control of ticks…/CBPV_ …