Lyme disease hit record levels in 2017, next year likely to be worse, health officials warn

By Vito Pilieci, Ottawa Citizen, November 16, 2017 Last year was a record-breaking year for reported cases of Lyme disease in the nation’s capital and things are likely to get worse, according to health experts.

Ottawa Public Health says 168 cases have already been reported this year, more than double the 74 cases reported in all of 2016.

In 2007, the city only saw two reported cases of the disease, which can cause severe headaches and neck stiffness and possibly even paralysis if left untreated. Due to global warming, 2018 is likely to see those numbers rise even higher.

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