Lyme Disease Cases Double in Quebec in Just One Year!

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2007 James Gathany This 2007 photograph depicts the pathognomonic erythematous rash in the pattern of a “bull’s-eye”, which manifested at the site of a tick bite on this Maryland woman’s posterior right upper arm, who’d subsequently contracted Lyme disease.

Lyme disease patients who are diagnosed early, and receive proper antibiotic treatment, usually recover rapidly and completely. A key component of early diagnosis is recognition of the characteristic Lyme disease rash called erythema migrans. This rash often manifests itself in a “bull's-eye” appearance, and is observed in about 80% of Lyme disease patients. Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, and is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and as illustrated here, the characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Note that there are a number of PHIL images related to this disease and its vectors.

It seems like were in trouble with Lyme disease in Quebec.  In 2016 there were 179 cases reported, but this year is a different story.

In 2017, 295 cases of Lyme disease were reported. And that really does mean trouble because of the way that the disease affects humans. Those bitten were largely in the Eastern Townships and some in the Monérégie, the Outaouais, the Laurentians, and in the Lanaudière and Mauricie.

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Lyme Disease in Quebec

The deer ticks seem to be adapting to climate change. Mild winters aren’t affecting them as much, and in addition to that, the ticks are spreading and growing their territory.

Take a look at these numbers: in 2010, there were NO reported cases of deer tick bites or Lyme disease in Quebec.

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