Local Epidemiology

Local Epidemiology

The prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi (bacteria causing Lyme Disease) in local Ixodes scapularis (blacklegged tick) is now high enough that all of Nova Scotia is considered an at-risk area

Note: Prophylaxis after a blacklegged tick bite is usually not recommended but prophylaxis may be used if there was a tick bite in an area that was known to be at risk for Lyme disease, and if the tick was engorged and other defined criteria are met.