Tick samples from Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) now have a 1 in 5 chance of testing positive for Lyme disease, up from the usual 1 in 10, according to a New Brunswick laboratory. The increase may be due to mild winters in P.E.I. that favor tick survival. Lyme cases are rising across Canada, with provinces like Nova Scotia and Ontario being particularly affected. Public health offices are advised to monitor tick-related data as ticks carry various diseases, some more severe than Lyme disease.
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