Local Veterinarians Recognized for Lyme Disease Tick Surveillance
The Grey Bruce Health Unit is acknowledging, with thanks, the help from local veterinary clinics to support increased tick surveillance related to Lyme disease.
In the past, knowledge of the local tick population came as a result of ticks removed exclusively from humans. This year, working with Grey Bruce One Health, ticks taken from the animal patients at six local veterinary clinics were also submitted to the health unit for identification. These additional ticks more than doubled the number of ticks normally received. This allows the health unit to do a better job of identifying local concentrations of black-legged ticks and, in turn, guides plans for increased surveillance. The six clinics are:
- Hanover Veterinary Hospital
- Kincardine Veterinary Services
- Markdale Veterinary Clinic
- Melanie Grein, DVM
- Sunset Strip Veterinary Clinic
- Wiarton Animal Hospital
In order to increase the geographic range of surveillance, the health unit is looking to enroll addition veterinary clinics into this program.
In Ontario, Lyme disease is only transmitted through the bite of a blacklegged tick. The majority of human cases occur as a result of exposure in areas known to harbour infected ticks. Knowing the local population of blacklegged ticks is important to assess the local risk of exposure. For more information about Lyme disease visit, Public Health Ontario.
Attachment (See below): Photo – Veterinarian Dr. Michael Sloss (left) from Sunset Strip Veterinary Clinic receives a plaque from MOH, Dr. Christine Kennedy and Bob Hart in recognition of vet clinics across Grey Bruce participating in an enhanced tick surveillance program.
For more information:
Public Health Manager
Grey Bruce Health Unit
519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1279