There are more ticks in more parts of Canada now, and experts believe this could lead to more cases of Lyme disease. In Haldimand-Norfolk, the Health Unit’s senior health inspector Kris Lutzi says it’s shaping up to be a tick filled summer.
The health unit has been gathering ticks across Norfolk-Haldimand and pinpoints locations where Lyme disease is prevalent. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, there 1,479 cases across Canada in 2017 – a nearly 50 percent spike from 2016.
Lutzi says it’s paramount that people check for ticks when visiting the great outdoors this summer.
The health unit has identified Norfolk’s high-risk zones in Port Dover, Long Point, and Langton. The Health Unit recently discovered deer ticks in parts of Simcoe and Waterford.