Even though it’s not the season for Lyme Disease, it’s great to be prepared for next year.
Dr. Andrew Peregrine, Associate Professor, Department of Pathobiology at the University of Guelph will present his lecture “Lyme Disease and the Raccoon Roundworm: Is the Risk of Human Infection Increasing in Ontario?” on Thursday, February 13. Dr. Peregrine discusses the relationship between Lyme and raccoon roundworms, and will also include the predicted impact of climate change on these risks.
Lyme is here in Ontario and not just a disease of the eastern United States. Named Lyme because of its initial findings in Lyme, Connecticut in 1975, the disease is spread by the bite of the blacklegged (deer) tick infected with Borrelia burgdorferi. Early stages of the disease sometimes have a characteristic red-ringed rash around a bite site, usually in the first week after contact; flu-like symptoms such as fever, headaches, fatigue and eventually joint pain can follow. Although death is apparently rare from Lyme disease, further progression can result in serious neurological problems. (Source: http://circ.greyhouse.ca/view/5231682?page_index=1 )
As well as the lecture, you can find more about Lyme Disease by visiting our eResource health databases
Try searching for “Lyme Disease” or “tick-borne diseases” for further study.
Lyme Disease and the Raccoon Roundworm: Is the Risk of Human Infection Increasing in Ontario?
Thursday, February 13 at 7:30pm, the Arboretum Centre, University of Guelph Arboretum.
Everyone is welcome, and donations are appreciated.
For more information on programs see http://natureguelph.ca