Of 400 ticks collected, 98% were black legged ticks which can transmit Lyme disease
Excellent article by CBC about Lyme disease carrying ticks on PEI and the research of Dr Vett Lloyd from Mt Alison University.
Dr Lloyd is a Lead Researcher of the Canadian Lyme Consortium (CLC) - a Canadian research network focused on Lyme disease with a model of patient-research-clinician engagement at all levels for all projects by conducting meaningful science and investigating questions that matter to patients and matter to the healthcare professionals who treat patients - see more info on the Canadian Lyme Consortium (CLC) in link below.
Many Canadians chose PEI as their summer destination of choice and so this information is vitally important to be aware.
'Lloyd says more than 80 per cent had been picked up on Prince Edward Island, from people who hadn't travelled off the Island.
The vast majority, she said, were the black legged ticks, formerly known as deer ticks, which can transmit Lyme disease.'
'The lab also tested blood samples from dogs across the Island. Lloyd said seven were infected with the Lyme disease bacteria and six of those had never left the Island.'
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More information on the Canadian Lyme Consortium (CLC) here: