Mount Allison College seeks 500 ticks for examine

If you live in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario or Quebec and you come across a deer tick, don’t throw it away. Instead, get in touch Vett Lloyd from the laboratory Lloyd Tick from Mount Allison University, Sackville.

Vett Lloyd and student Ebruvibiyo Daniella Ibru recently started research on the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferiresponsible for Lyme disease.

The goal is to understand why this bacteria makes ticks more aggressive and more likely to bite. the laboratory Lloyd Tick is also trying to find solutions to reduce the transmission of Lyme disease in the country.

Due to a tick bite, Lyme disease is a daily part of Vett Loyd’s personal life in addition to his job.

Photo: Courtesy: Vett Lloyd

the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi exerts a form of mind control over the ticks it infects.

If infected with this bacterium, ticks are more likely to take risks to find blood.said Vett Lloyd.

Their behavior also becomes more aggressive, which would make them more dangerous to humans.

Earlier ticks would certainly be satisfied with a wild mouse. But now they become aggressive and attack humans and pets.Explain Vett Lloyd. This is the subject of our research.

Warmer and shorter winters due to climate change allow ticks to survive longer, he adds. Vett Lloyd.

post your tics

People who encounter black-legged ticks are advised to place them in an airtight container with a damp paper towel.

They can contact Ebruvibiyo Daniella Ibru by email and the lab will pay the postage.

While the research focuses exclusively on black-legged ticks, people who find a tick and are unsure of its species can still send it to the lab.

Frankly, I can tell you that I have never been so excited to receive so many ticks. »

a quote from Ebruvibiyo Daniella Ibru, Research Fellow at Mount Allison University

Upon receiving the ticks, Ebruvibiyo Daniella Ibru dissects their brains. Her bodies are being tested for Lyme disease.

The brain of a tick under a microscope, which was extracted for the purposes of the study by Ebruvbiyo Daniella Ibru.

Photo: Courtesy: Ebruvbiyo Daniella Ibru

So far, many New Scots have sent ticks to the University’s lab. Mount Allison. This province would be the one with the highest proportion of ticks per capita this year in the country, according to Vett Lloyd.

Ebruvibiyo Daniella Ibru says a New Scotsman told her she had to collect about 50 ticks from her dog after every walk this year.

According to Vernon Ramesar report by CBC

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