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Up until 2011, there have been 120 cases of Lyme disease confirmed in the province

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Posted: Sep 5, 2012 7:04 AM AT

Last Updated: Sep 5, 2012 12:22 PM AT

Though numbers of ticks carrying Lyme disease in Nova Scotia haven’t been confirmed yet for 2012, one New Brunswick scientist warns that it could be on the rise.

Ticks were first spotted at Admiral’s Cove Park in Bedford in 2006.

It’s one of five areas in the province where Lyme disease and the ticks that carry it have been found.

Researchers at Mount Allison University said the number of ticks carrying the disease has jumped from 15 per cent to 40 per cent in New Brunswick.

Professor Vett Lloyd said numbers haven’t been confirmed in Nova Scotia, but it’s possible the results are similar.

“There are probably pockets where the frequency is 40 per cent, there may also be small regions where the frequency is higher,” Lloyd said.

Two years ago the province overruled a decision by city council to spray an insecticide all around Admiral’s Cove Park to try to control the spread of the tick.

Deer baiting stations may be the best defence against the spread of the disease.

As the deer bends its neck to eat corn, an insecticide is applied that’s supposed kill any tick on its body.

Stopping the spread

Andrew Hebda, an entomologist at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, said he believes the increase isn’t as high as some scientists claim it to be, but there’s no stopping the spread.

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Map of Lyme disease risk in the U.S.
For three years, more than 80 tick hunters combed sites throughout much of the U.S. with corduroy cloths to trap the insects. They were on the lookout for the black legged tick Ixodes scapularis. It is the main carrier of the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.
This new map reflects their findings and pinpoints areas of the Eastern United States where humans have the highest risk of contracting Lyme disease.
So far in Canada, Lyme disease has become established in parts of southern and southeastern Quebec, southern and eastern Ontario, southeastern Manitoba, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia as well as much of southern British Columbia.
Source: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

CBC news March 06, 2011  

Tracy Marcotullio, the shelter manager, said pet owners should be aware of Lyme disease all year, even in winter.

“The reason that we saw this case in the wintertime is because the tick that causes Lyme disease, it can take up to five or six months sometimes to see symptoms,” Marcotullio said. “This dog would have had the tick bite in the summertime, contracted the Lyme disease then, but not shown symptoms for several months.”

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Published Friday, December 17,2010
By Erin dwyer for the Telegraph-journal

HAMPTON – The town is looking to follow the lead of neighbouring municipalities that have banned the feeding of deer.

Councillor Robert Doucet motioned to have town staff investigate the possibility of creating a bylaw much like the communities in the Kennebecasis Valley. Both Quispamsis and Rothesay have enacted ones that would see residents fined for feeding deer.

“I think we need to come up to speed with Quispamsis and Rothesay,” Doucet said. “I recommend staff do some research on other municipalities and come up with a recommendation.”

It’s not the first time the town has talked about dealing with its deer problem.

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Published Wednesday June 30th, 2010
New Brunswick is one of a handful of areas listed on Canada’s watch list for Lyme disease hot spots.

Jacqueline Badcock, a zoonotic diseases consultant with the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, displays some of the information being distributed by the Department of Health to warn people about the threat of Lyme disease. She says there’s been an increase in the number of ticks submitted for testing in the past couple of years. The Public Health Agency of Canada has labelled the province as an area where the risk for exposure to the disease is high because the ticks that transmit Lyme disease are known to be established here.

The national agency is also keeping a close eye on parts of southern and southeastern Quebec, southern and eastern Ontario, southeastern Manitoba, Nova Scotia and much of southern British Columbia for the blacklegged ticks that can carry the Lyme disease-causing bacteria.

“(New Brunswick) is on the list because there’s a confirmed area – Millidgeville is a confirmed endemic area for Lyme disease – so there’s a reproducing tick population,” said Dr. Nicholas Ogden, director of the Zoonoses Division at the Centre for Foodborne, Environmental and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, a division of the Public Health Agency of Canada in Ottawa.

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