Lyme disease in N.B. focus of study by biologists, vets

Researchers from Mount Allison University and veterinarians from across New Brunswick are joining forces to determine how widespread Lyme disease is in the province.

They will be collecting blood samples from dogs and testing for antibodies to Borrelia, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.

Borrelia is commonly transmitted to both dogs and humans through tick bites.

About 75 dogs in the Hampton area will be tested on Saturday as part of the research project.

“It’s going to look at the overall risk for dogs in our area, but we can always also equate that to the overall risk in the human population,” said local veterinarian Elisha Dickinson-Mills, who will collect the blood samples.

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