Lyme disease growing increasingly common in Quebec
Originating in Lyme, Connecticut in the 1970s, the disease has now made its way North.
Quebec’s first cases emerged in 2008.
Since then, it has continued to spread at an alarming rate.
“We are predicting a rate of expansion of seven or eight kilometers per year northward in southern Quebec,” said Virginie Millien, a professor in the biology department at McGill University and curator at the Redpath Museum.
Millien explained that the disease is carried by mammals, notably the white-footed mouse.
The tick acts as a vector that transmits the disease from animal to human.
The number of cases of Lyme disease in Quebec is growing rapidly.