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LETHBRIDGE:  Since 2007, the provincial Agriculture Department has been testing ticks found on pets and farm animals for the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. Now, that program is being expanded to include ticks found on humans and in the environment.


Albertans who enjoy the outdoors this summer are encouraged to submit any ticks they find for testing.


Dr. Martin Lavoie, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health says,  We re asking the public to help us gather data to determine whether ticks that carry the Lyme bacteria are present here in Alberta,"


Even though all 32 cases of Lyme disease reported in Alberta between 1998 and 2012 were acquired by people traveling outside the province, Alberta Health and Alberta Agriculture want to continue to monitor the situation to see if ticks carrying the disease are showing up here.


If you're out and find a tick on yourself or in nature, call one of the participating Alberta health Services Environmental Public Health officers and staff will provide you with instructions on how to submit it. the following is a list of the closest offices:


- Brooks Community Health Centre - 440 3rd Street East, T1R 1B3; 403-501-3258

- Cardston Provincial Building - 576 Main Street, T0K 0K0; 403-653-5231

- Crowsnest Pass Provincial Building - 12501 20 Avenue, T0K 0E0; 403-562-5030

- Fort Macleod Community Health - 744 26 Street, T0L 0Z0; 403-553-5363

- Lethbridge Community Health Centre - 801 1 Avenue S, T1J 4L5; 403-388-6689

- Pincher Creek Community Health Centre - 1222 Bev McLachlin Drive, T0K 1W0; 403-627-1230

- Taber Community Health Centre - 5009 56 Street, T1G 1M8; 403-223-7230


Once testing is complete, Alberta Health will discuss the results with you, which will include what kind of tick was submitted and whether it is carrying the Lyme bacteria.


Veterinarians are also asked to continue to submit ticks found on pets or farm animals to Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development: http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/cpv13168

For more information on Lyme disease and the tick surveillance program in Alberta, visit: http://www.health.alberta.ca/health-info/lyme-disease.html

Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 4/21/2014 8:20:27 AM
Source: Dori Modney (@Dori_Modney on Twitter) -- Country 95 News / Photo credits to AHS website
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