FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial and federal governments have partnered to conduct enhanced field surveillance and tick collection over a two-year period. As part of this ongoing work, new risk areas of established or emerging blacklegged tick populations have been identified in southern New Brunswick.

“Infected blacklegged ticks can spread the bacteria that cause Lyme disease when they bite,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, acting chief medical officer of health. “The risk of a tick bite starts when the weather warms up in the spring and ticks become active, this continues during the summer months and into the fall before the temperature goes below freezing.”

Blacklegged ticks are most often found in forests as well as in overgrown areas between woods and open spaces. Although it is possible to be bitten by an infected tick anywhere in New Brunswick, the risk is highest in areas where blacklegged tick populations are established or appear to be established.

Risk areas include Charlotte County, Saint John County, Kings County, Albert County and Westmorland County. This represents an expansion of the previously identified risk areas to include Albert and Westmorland. Take precautions against ticks if you are working in, living in or visiting these risk areas.

It is important to be active and play outside while ensuring you take precautions to avoid being bitten by blacklegged ticks:

  • Prevent tick bites
  • Find and remove ticks from your body
  • Recognize the symptoms of Lyme disease and act. See your family doctor if, within 30 days of removing a tick, you develop a rash or have flu-like symptoms.
  • Reduce ticks in your yard.

More information on blacklegged ticks and Lyme disease is available online.