A warning has been announced by the BCCDC or British Columbia Centre for Disease and Control regarding three ticks that have been collected in British Columbia starting June of this year. These ticks are found to be positive after testing with bacteria that is related to Lyme.
According to research conducted by BCCDC, the bacteria they have found are a close relative of the Borrelia mayonii or B. mayonii which is the latest discovery of species of bacteria that is responsible in causing Lyme disease in humans.
Up until this day, this was only confirmed to be positive in the Midwestern part of the United States. According to a statement from BCCDC, the species of bacteria that were discovered in the three ticks sample from British Columbia has a slight difference from those that were found in the United States. Furthermore, there has been no report of humans on British Columbia that have contacted Lyme disease because of the bacteria that resembles the B. mayonii.
The centre refers to the new bacteria as a rare discovery and they have already announced that further investigation is needed regarding the matter. The health risk that is presented by the newly discovered species is said to be very low at the moment.
The first tick that was used for sampling was taken from a dog back in June of this year. The dog is said to be camping in Lower Mainland along with its owner. Despite the fact that the tick was found to be positive with the new bacteria, it is physically well and no symptoms related to Lyme disease were discovered.
The second tick was taken from a child back in July of this year. The child is said to be bitten when he was in the Central Interior of British Columbia. The child remains healthy and exhibited no symptoms of the disease.
The third tick was removed from a dog located in the Lower Mainland back in September of this year. No symptoms of the disease were also found on the dog.
If you have problems with ticks, it is important to have it tested in the nearest centre and after which, call your local Ticks Control in Sydney.