YOU CAN’T COUNT ON TESTING OF ENGORGED TICKS
A recent study published in the Journal of Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases examined the prevalence of ticks in the Quebec region, along with the frequency of Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb) infection in engorged versus non-engorged ticks.
by Daniel J. Cameron, MD MPH
Gasmi and colleagues found that you cannot always rely on the testing of engorged ticks to help determine possible exposure to Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb), the causative agent of Lyme disease. The Quebec study, “Analysis of the human population bitten by Ixodes scapularis ticks in Quebec, Canada: Increasing risk of Lyme disease,” analyzed 4,596 I. scapularis ticks removed from humans in Quebec between 2008 and 2014.