The vector-borne disease report highlights surveillance information related to Lyme disease and West Nile Virus (WNV) Illness in Windsor-Essex County.
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As the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is starting to receive tick submissions for testing, I wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with information on tick collection and Lyme disease.
Southwestern Ontario is an established area for Lyme disease. Closer to home, Point Pelee National Park has been identified as an endemic area for blacklegged deer ticks and Lyme disease as well as the north shore of Lake Erie, particularly in areas around Long Point, Turkey Point, Rondeau Park and the St. Lawrence Islands National Park areas.
Ticks are a relative to the spider and are a crawling, non-flying insect. They vary in size and colour. Ticks are very small (1 to 5 mm) when unfed and female ticks get larger and change colour when feeding. Ticks can spread Lyme Disease.