Ontario: Twenty-four cases of Lyme Disease in Durham

September 6th, 2017

The Durham Region Health Department is reminding the public to protect themselves against Lyme disease, a serious bacterial illness that is spread by the bite of an infected black-legged tick or “deer” tick, which carry the bacteria.

So far this season, the health department has submitted 118 ticks for testing for Lyme disease; 28 were identified as black-legged ticks, with seven testing positive for the Lyme disease bacteria. In addition, the Health Department has received reports of 24 human cases of Lyme disease in Durham Region to date this season, which equals the entire amount for 2016.

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