Tick found south of North Bay tested positive for Lyme disease

The yearly trend indicates that there is an increased presence of blacklegged ticks testing positive in our district.

The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit has confirmed a blacklegged tick found in Dunchurch tested positive for the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, a bacteria that can cause Lyme disease.

To date in 2019, 14 ticks have been sent for identification, with nine being identified as blacklegged.

Only one of those nine ticks tested positive for the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.

Although the sample size is small, the yearly trend indicates that there is an increased presence of blacklegged ticks testing positive in our district. In 2018, out of 51 ticks submitted to the Health Unit 30 were blacklegged and of those seven tested positive for the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi.

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