By Joanne Schnurr, CTV News, June 26, 2017
An Ottawa researcher is trying to figure out why the west end of our city is seeing a dramatic rise in the number of ticks carrying Lyme disease. Epidemiologist Dr. Manisha Kulkarni says her research shows that at least one in every three ticks is carrying the bacteria that can cause a chronic and debilitating illness. The research so far shows about 30 to 40 percent of those west end ticks are testing positive for Lyme disease but Dr. Kulkarni believes it could be higher than that.Brown bagging it has a whole new meaning at this University of Ottawa lab.
“So these are the samples that have come in from Ottawa Public Health,” says Dr. Kulkarni, as she opens a fridge in her uOttawa lab.http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/ottawa-researcher-says-1-in-3-ticks-carrying-lyme-disease-in-city-s-west-end-1.3477137