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Ticks and Lyme Disease

When compared to other parts of North America, the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador has a small number of ticks living within its boundaries. Since the first discovery of the bacteria causing Lyme Disease in a black-legged tick found in Cape Broyle in June 2001, we have been trying to understand more about:

  • the different species of tick that live here permanently
  • what types of tick commonly enter with pets or on migratory birds
  • what disease-causing organisms they carry

On this site, up-to-date information will be maintained on the status of Ixodes spp. ticks in particular and their Lyme Disease status. Background information and summaries can be found in the two factsheets: the Ticks of Newfoundland and Labrador PDF (290 KB) and Lyme Disease in Newfoundland PDF (1.1 MB).

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When compared to other parts of North America, the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador has a small number of ticks living within its boundaries. Since the first discovery of the bacteria causing Lyme Disease in a black-legged tick found in Cape Broyle in June 2001, we have been trying to understand more about:

  • the different species of tick that live here permanently
  • what types of tick commonly enter with pets or on migratory birds
  • what disease-causing organisms they carry.

Ticks of the genus Ixodes will be tested for the agent causing Lyme disease (Borrelia burgdorferi) and the agent causing Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis, or HGA (Anaplasma phagocytophilum).

Questions can be addressed to the Chief Veterinary Officer:

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