Eastern Canada Witnesses Increase in Ticks

.

Eastern Canada Witnesses Increase in Ticks

As per a paper, being published in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied Ecology, it has been revealed that ticks, which became non-existent in Canada in 1990s, have made their comeback. For now, it has been found in warm areas like east of Saskatchewan.

The rise in the population of ticks carrying Lyme disease has reached to 18%. Lead researcher Patrick Leighton of the University of Montreal's faculty of veterinary medicine, expects that population will increase by 80% till 2020.

Leighton has pointed out many reasons for the comeback of the ticks. Some of them being rise in temperature. Though he did not mention global warming, rise in temperature was enough to establish the main reason.

Presence of short tailed white deer and reforestation are also said to be other reasons of return of ticks carrying Lyme disease. White-tailed deer are among some of the animals, which carry ticks. So there is great possibility that it might have also led to increase in the percentage of ticks.

Some of the areas in the country, which are seeing increase in the number of ticks, are southern Quebec, southern and eastern Ontario, and southern Nova Scotia. Leighton said that they intentionally did not include western Canada in their study as it remains cold throughout the year, which decreases chances of tick population to increase.

Leighton said that though tick population has increased, there is less than 10% chance that they will cause any human risk. However, in order to prevent the tick bite, Leighton suggested that people should wear long sleeve shirts and war long shoes with pants when they go to visit nay farm place. If then also tick bites a person, he should quickly remove it.


Latest News

Oil Prices Drop Near Four-Month Low as Supply Glut and Chinese Economy Increases
Reportedly A.G. Lafley to Pass Reigns of P&G CEO to David Taylor
Baidu Profits in Second Quarter Offset by Higher Expenses
Economists Predict Solid Revenue Growth for Vermont
Swiss bank Vontobel Announces 24 Percent Increase in Profit in the First Half of
President Obama Visits Kenya, His Father’s Birth Place
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Slaps $105M Fine on Fiat Chrysler
Wealthy, Well Educated People in Early 60’s More at Risk of Harmful Drinking
Amazon’s Strong Second Quarter Results Boost the Company’s Share
Weak PMI in China Raises Concern and Asian Shares Drop on Friday
Even with Lower Sales, Coca-Cola’s Profit Increases
Qualcomm Plans to Cut Jobs and May go in for a Spin Off