Lyme Disease - Statistics and Incidence Rate

Lyme disease is a bacterium that can be spread through ticks. It cannot be spread from human to human. Hunters are at a higher risk for infection because they spend more time in the woods, where ticks live.

The most common symptom of Lyme disease is a rash, but there are many other signs and symptoms that can occur. Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics.

Lyme Disease in Niagara

  • Seven cases of Lyme disease were reported up to the end of September 2016.
  • Niagara and Ontario have had fluctuating incidence rates from 2006 to 2014. In 2014, Niagara was found to have a higher incidence rate compared to the province (Figure 1).

Figure 1. Incidence rate of Lyme disease by year, for Niagara region and Ontario (2006-2014).

Probable and confirmed cases reported. Sources: Integrated Public Health Information System [2006-2015], extracted October 25, 2016 by Niagara Region Public Health; Population Estimates, IntelliHealth, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care [2016], extracted September 29, 2016 by Niagara Region Public Health. Ontario data: Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Integrated Public Health System database, extracted by Public Health Ontario [October 25, 2016].

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