Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Ticks and Lyme Disease - we should monitor them

It's good to see this being done. Kingston isn't that far away. They don't accept ticks around
here any more. I'm not sure why.

We don't need to go out and collect them. Dorah cat brought home three ticks yesterday. I don't know if she doesn't feel them crawling on her body. Buster seems to be out the most, brings home the least, but I think he grooms them off of himself. Daisy is having them less frequently.
With the long winter, we harvested about half the numbers from last year (2013 = 89). It killed a lot of them off, thankfully.

Dressed in what looked like haz-mat suits, public health nurses spent much of the day on Sept. 25 dragging pieces of fabric through the woods at Parrott's Bay Conservation Area west of Kingston.

The work was the start of what is to be an ongoing effort by Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health to get a better look at how prevalent lyme disease is in the Kingston area and where are the higher risk areas. 
Dorah and a tick

 Since 2006, the public health unit accepted ticks from members of the public who found them on their bodies. That informal collection system helped public health keep track of lyme disease in the Kingston area. The new program is designed to take that effort farther. "Developing an active surveillance process, like the one we've got here, allows us to go looking for ticks," said Dr. Ian Gemmill, the medical officer of health for KFL&A Public Health.

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