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Toronto Star: Pet owners help university track ticks through new online tool

Pathobiology professor Scott Weese, who developed the Tick Tracker, says the data could serve as an “early warning system.” By Isabel Teotonio August 7th, 2017 When Ellen Holmes takes her two cocker spaniels for a walk on her 40-hectare property — a pooch paradise made up of ponds, trails and thick brush — they always…

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Tick-borne Lyme disease exploding into Michigan; human cases up 5-fold

Feb. 23, 2017 Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press They’re already back. All it took was an unusual February warm spell this past week for the tiny insects causing an increasingly big problem in Michigan to become active once again, beginning their hunt for blood. “A student in the medical entomology lab just brought in six adult blacklegged…

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Diagnosing Lyme Neuroborreliosis in Horses is Difficult

By Courtesy University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine Aug 5, 2015 Most horses in the Mid-Atlantic region show evidence of exposure toBorrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. The majority of exposed horses do not develop clinical signs of disease. However, a small number of infected horses will develop disease of the nervous…

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Doctors concerned, cases of Lyme disease increase in Ontario

Daksha Rangan The Weather Network Saturday, July 25, 2015, 3:28 PM – Eastern Ontario has seen a surge in cases of Lyme disease over the past few years. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by ticks infected with borrelia bacteria. Woodland animals like white-footed mice, raccoons, skunks, foxes, or deer pick up the bacteria,…

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How to Protect Horses From Lyme Disease

By Stacey Oke, DVM, MSc June 17, 2015 The Horse magazine Spring has sprung … and so have the ticks. With some of those ticks comes the risk of your horse contracting Lyme disease, an infection caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. Lyme disease is transmitted mainly viaIxodes ticks, which pass the bacteria from infected…

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Ontario: Chatham – Kent area health units seeing increase in tick submissions

By Ellwood Shreve, Chatham Daily News                 Thursday, October 17, 2013 6:38:48 EDT PM Chatham-Kent has seen an increase in reported human cases of Lyme disease, compared to other areas in the region. There has been four confirmed cases of Lyme disease in Chatham-Kent so far this year with another case still under investigation. This is up…

Seroprevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi, Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Ehrlichia canis and Dirofilaria immitis among dogs in Canada.

In Canada, the environmental suitability for Borrelia burgdorferi and Anaplasma phagocytophilum vectors, Ixodes scapularis and Ixodes pacificus, appears to be growing. In 1991, there was one known endemic location for I. scapularis while currently there are at least eleven. An estimated 8–12% of the 50–175 million adventitious I. scapularis ticks that enter Canada on birds are positive for B. burgdorferi.