Surveillance of Lyme Disease Vectors
Project Duration: October 25, 2012 to December 31, 2015 (extended)
Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in North America. Infected individuals have fatigue, neck stiffness, fever and headache, amongst other symptoms. The prevalence of Lyme disease is increasing in eastern Canada, apparently related to higher temperatures and global warming. This project will use cutting edge molecular biology techniques to examine the spread of ticks in mice (which harbor the ticks) and to co-localize with other pathogens in British Columbia. The results will allow public health workers to predict the incidence and possible spread of Lyme disease in BC and inform public health policy, awareness and prevention programs in the province.