Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation

Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation

April 03, 2007 09:30 ET

Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation: Spring Tick Alert

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - April 3, 2007) - Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation -

Spring brings not just warmer weather but also some pretty nasty disease carrying bugs that are becoming more and more prevalent in Canada. Lyme disease carrying ticks have now been found Canada wide. They are only slightly larger than the period at the end of this sentence when they are in the nymphal stage.

We have areas of higher risk in Canada but we have no areas within the 10 provinces that can be considered Lyme disease free. Our friendly migratory birds transport these ticks around at random. In the U.S. where our springtime migratory birds come from there is an estimated 200,000 human cases of Lyme disease each year. Canada has no standard surveillance criteria so little is known about how many cases occur each year. We do know Lyme is being misdiagnosed as other illnesses, or not diagnosed at all. Lyme is robbing many Canadian children of their youth and adults of their careers.

Lyme disease can cause serious long-term health issues if not identified and treated early. It can affect the brain, eyesight, hearing, heart, nervous system, muscles, joints, digestive tract, and lymph nodes. Because Lyme disease is a multi-system disorder many systems of the body can be affected at once.

Ticks that carry Lyme disease can be found in your lawn, on your pets, in tall grass or brush. If outside do not brush up against brush or tall grass, wear a repellent containing DEET, and do a daily full body tick check on yourself, your children and your pets. Talk to your veterinarian about protecting your pets. Use fine tipped tweezers to remove an attached tick. Prevention is the best medicine.

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Contact Information

  • Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation
    Jim Wilson
    (250) 768-0978