More infected ticks found in Sudbury area

By Jim Moodie, The Sudbury Star, August 26th, 2015

The city is experiencing a minor rash of Lyme-carrying ticks, any one of which could cause a major rash to form on the skin of an infected person.

On Tuesday, the Sudbury and District Health Unit reported two blacklegged ticks had tested positive for the Lyme disease bacteria. That brings the count this year to three, as another tick found in June was also confirmed to carry Lyme.

“This is the most ticks we’ve seen in one summer,” said Ashley DeRocchis, environmental support officer with the health unit. “I wouldn’t say Sudbury is endemic for blacklegged ticks and Lyme disease, but we have definitely seen an increase this year, so we are in consultation with Public Health Ontario to determine what steps, if any, they recommend.”

In April, three horses in the Hanmer/Capreol area also tested positive for Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent in Lyme disease. ….

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