Lack of familiarity may mean disease goes undiagnosed.
Lyme disease in Alberta has the potential to spike in coming years, with new information pointing to an increased population of disease-carrying ticks.
“We have found that some of the ticks are present in Alberta and a small number have been found to have Lyme in them,” said Dr. Christopher Sikora, Medical Officer of Health for the Edmonton zone. He said it is a “definite possibility” that the number of human cases could increase.
Eleven cases of Lyme disease have been confirmed in the province since 2007 – three from this year alone, he said.