FREDERICTON – Researchers from Mount Allison University have begun dragging for ticks in different parks and forests throughout New Brunswick, looking to test the ticks for Lyme disease.
Dr. Vett Lloyd, a professor of biology at the university, was diagnosed with the disease three years ago.
“I was paralyzed in half my body, so it took six months before I was able to walk again. But it can be treated,” she said.
Lloyd says Lyme disease is growing in the province. It’s a bacterial infection caused by Borrelia bacteria, usually spread through a tick bite. While early infection can be treated with antibiotics, an array of symptoms can appear if left untreated.