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Learn about ticks and Lyme Disease

Blacklegged tick commonly known as the deer tick

Blacklegged tick commonly known as the deer tick and it can carry Lyme disease but not always.

 
Thunder Bay, On --- June 27, 2016 (LSN)  EcoSuperior and the Thunder Bay District Health Unit are hosting an information session about ticks and their potential health risks in response to increasing populations in the area.

Certain species of ticks can carry Lyme disease, a debilitating illness that can affect the lungs, heart, joints and central nervous system in humans if left untreated. This summer, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit is actively searching for ticks in and around Thunder Bay as it works toward designating Thunder Bay as a risk area for Lyme disease.

“Tick numbers are on the rise in the Thunder Bay district,” said Julia Prinselaar, program coordinator with EcoSuperior. “Due to longer summers, later frosts, milder winters. , these tiny arachnids are successfully overwintering in the region. EcoSuperior and the Thunder Bay District Health Unit are hosting this event so people can become aware of the potential risks they carry and protect themselves.”

Little more than a decade ago, ticks were largely unnoticed in Thunder Bay. Since 2005, thousands of ticks have been submitted to the TBDHU by the public. Ken Deacon, the Health Unit’s vector-borne disease program coordinator and entomologist, predicts a record number of ticks in northwestern Ontario this summer.



“We are well ahead of the number of blacklegged ticks that were submitted by this time last year.  This looks like a perfect storm of ticks, so the risk of acquiring Lyme disease is up for 2016,” said Deacon.

The public is invited to learn about the life cycle and identification of tick species, Lyme disease, causes of rising numbers and population statistics, proper safeguarding and tick removal at this free event.

Date: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Thunder Bay District Health Unit auditorium. Use the William St. entrance.
For more information, visit www.ecosuperior.org and www.tbdhu.com

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