Monday, Nov 7, 2016
Eastern lyme-related disease detected in BC
he BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) confirm three ticks collected in British Columbia since June have tested positive for a new species of bacteria closely related to Borrelia mayonii (B. mayonii).
This is a rare discovery which highlights that our tick surveillance program is working at both a local and national level, said Dr. Eleni Galanis, physician epidemiologist with the BCCDC. While further investigation is warranted, the health threat posed by this new species of bacteria is extremely low.
Borrelia mayonii is a newly-discovered species of bacteria that can cause Lyme disease in people. Until now, it had only been confirmed in the Midwestern United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States, six of approximately 9,000 diagnostic samples from residents of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota revealed the presence of B. mayonii.
The species of bacteria discovered in the three BC tick samples is slightly different than that in the United States, and there is no evidence that anyone in BC has developed Lyme disease from this B. mayonii-like bacteria.
The BCCDC and PHAC are studying the clinical implications of this discovery, and follow up has occurred with the pet owners and the family of the child involved.
"When the first tick with this B. mayonii-like bacteria was confirmed by PHACs National Microbiology Laboratory, the BCCDC Public Health Laboratory retested all tick samples that had inconclusive results over the last several years, said Dr. Muhammad Morshed, clinical microbiologist with the BCCDC. Of more than 19,000 ticks tested by PHAC, and nearly 2,800 more at the BCCDC, these are the only three that have been found with this B. mayonii-like bacteria.
About ticks and Lyme disease in BC
To protect yourself from tick and insect bites
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