By Heather Yourex Health Reporter May 19th, 2014
CALGARY– Alberta Health officials are once again warning people to be on the lookout for ticks.
Last year, the province collected and analyzed 960 ticks, and found burgdorferi bacteria. The bacteria most commonly linked to Lyme disease is present in about 20 per cent of black-legged ticks.
“I would certainly agree that it’s under diagnosed,” says Janet Sperling, a board member with the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation. “You have to have a positive ELISA and a positive Western blot, then you’re considered to be positive for Lyme disease. But that’s a really strict interpretation of what Lyme disease is.”