|Title||Ixodes scapularis tick distribution and infection rates in Ottawa, Ontario, 2017|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2018|
|Authors||Kulkarni, M, Kryuchkov, R, Statculescu, A, Thickstun, C, Dibernardo, A, Lindsay, L, Talbot, B|
|Journal||Can Commun Dis Rep|
|Keywords||borrelia burgdorferi, ecology, Ixodes scapularis, Lyme disease, surveillance|
Almost 30% of I. scapularis ticks tested in suburban and rural areas of the city of Ottawa were infected with B. burgdorferi, known to cause Lyme disease. Other types of infection, known to cause anaplasmosis and tick-borne relapsing fever, were also detected, although were very rare. Conducting active tick surveillance at the local level may help to inform risk assessment and public health actions.