Effective September 20, 2021, the Natural Microbiology Laboratory (NML) stopped accepting blacklegged ticks for bacterial testing for Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria which causes Lyme Disease in humans, as part of the passive tick surveillance program. As a result, ticks are no longer collected by the health unit. Passive tick surveillance is now supported by citizen science initiatives. The health unit encourages the use of eTick.ca, where the public can upload pictures of ticks they find on themselves, other people, or on pets, for identification.
- SMDHU acknowledges the contribution of Dr. Jade Savage (Bishop’s University), Dr. Manisha Kulkarni (University of Ottawa), Dr. Claire Jardine (University of Guelph, and Dr. Katie Clow (University of Guelph) to the production of eTick data in Ontario, as well as the financial support of PHAC to the eTick project.
- Ticks that were found in federal jurisdictions (i.e. First Nations communities and CFB Borden) within our region are not included in our reporting of eTick.ca submissions.
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