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Warmer weather has already helped spread ticks across Canada.
Lyme disease is a growing concern as warmer climates mean ticks are more prevalent. In many areas, ticks and the threat of Lyme disease is a relatively new phenomenon. You can control ticks with chemical sprays that contain 20 per cent DEET, picaridin, or IR3535 but there are also natural alternatives.
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Ticks may be tiny, but they can pose huge problems for both you and your pet if they get a chance to bite. Don't be scared though. There's plenty of ways to help protect your pets.
Lyme disease can be serious. It is spread to humans through the bite of an infected, blacklegged tick. And health officials are seeing an increase in the number of cases in the province. They've been rising since 2011, and we're seeing more black-legged tick populations in new areas of the province, especially in wooded areas.
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From hiking to swimming, sipping to shipping, how shifting weather patterns are changing lives in this province.
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While easily perceived as simply naïve, my tempered concern related to Malaria and Chikungunya were contextualized to a more pressing fear, much closer to home; Lyme disease. It is debilitating, it is poorly diagnosed and it is endemic in Ontario
For us in Canada, the results should be an early warning sign of things to come. As average temperatures rise, so will the risk. This means the timeline for spread could be shorter and Lyme disease may be coming to a wilderness near you.
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