Ticks are becoming increasingly common in Canada; posing a variety of disease threats to animal and human health. This scientist and tick expert provides an update on ticks of concern, tick-borne disease risks, and shares some highlights and cringe-worthy tales from the day-to-day life of a tick specialist.
There are many tick species, and they each can carry and potentially spread a mind-numbing number of disease conditions to us, our pets, and our livestock. Luckily there are experts in both the veterinary and human medical realm who actively research and monitor these pesky vectors and help to alert professionals in practice to emerging disease threats.
Dr. Robbin Lindsay and his research team have been actively involved in tick surveillance across Canada for several decades and generate critical data related to geographic range of vector ticks and tick-borne disease prevalence with the Public Health Agency of Canada, in the Zoonotic Diseases and Special Pathogens section of the National Microbiology Laboratory. Dr. Lindsay is an expert in all things tick-related, and he shares information on current and emerging ticks and tick-borne pathogens, the evolution of tick-surveillance in Canada, and some ways to minimize these risks for both ourselves and our animals.