Toronto identifies areas where ticks that cause Lyme disease are found
[CanLyme Note: Re: this statement, “Blacklegged ticks that can spread Lyme disease found in 4 areas of city”. This statement is misleading in that the ticks that transmit Lyme disease are moved around by birds, randomly. They are not only where they look for them or where they have been seen. Birds also can carry the Lyme bacteria in their blood to infect ticks who feed on the bird. These ticks are called adventitious ticks and there are tens of millions of them brought into Canada each season by migratory birds. Lyme disease can be contracted anywhere in Canada.]
May 10th, 2016
Toronto public health officials have begun to put up signs in the city where blacklegged ticks have been found and they are warning the public that these ticks can spread Lyme disease.
“The risk of acquiring Lyme disease in Toronto is considered low,” says Dr. Howard Shapiro, Associate Medical Officer of Health and Director of Healthy Environments at Toronto Public Health, said Tuesday.
“However, this is the time of year where individuals and families start to enjoy time outdoors, so it is important that people know where ticks have been found and how to prevent Lyme disease.”