Lyme disease is on the rise across Canada. It is a serious illness that is spread by the bite of infected blacklegged ticks.
Tick populations are rapidly growing and spreading across many regions in Canadian provinces, including Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and British Columbia. Lyme disease is caused by a type of bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi. Infected Blacklegged ticks can spread Lyme disease to humans through their bite. Ticks become infected with Lyme disease by feeding on infected wild animals such as deer, birds, and small rodents.
Lyme disease can have serious effects on people and pets and the symptoms can differ from person to person. Signs and symptoms of Lyme Disease can include one or a combination of the following with varying degrees of severity:
Lyme disease can be effectively treated with 2 to 4 weeks of antibiotics. The sooner treatments start, the better
Depending on your symptoms, and if you are diagnosed in the later stages of the disease, you may require a longer course of antibiotics. Some people experience symptoms that continue more than 6 months after treatment. Research continues into the causes of these persistent symptoms and methods of treatment.