Ont., N.S., Lyme Disease youth hot-beds

Research for the Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program found 81 per cent of Lyme disease cases involving kids and youth over a three-year study period were in Nova Scotia and Ontario.

Principal investigator and Halifax-based infectious disease specialist Joanne Langley says the number of incidents in general will increase as tick populations spread further into parts of southern Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Manitoba.

The study involved 96 cases among patients younger than 16 between July 2014 and June 2017, with the median age seven years old.

More than half of the cases-56-were caught at a later stage when more serious symptoms such as arthritis can set in.

The Long Point-area is a hot-bed of disease-carrying ticks, according to various reports and both MPP Toby Barrett and MP Diane Finley have raising awareness about Lyme Disease at Queen’s Park and the House of Commons.

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