Lisa Ali created AtlanTick after her two sons developed Lyme disease from ticks on the South Shore in 2016. Enter Nicoletta Faraone, a scientist at Acadia University's department of biology. With financial help from the Nova Scotia Productivity and Innovation voucher and a National Research Council grant, she created a tick habitat and put the ticks on a dish with three circles.
Lyme disease is reason enough to steer clear of pesky ticks, but experts are reporting the spread of a far deadlier tick-borne disease — one that has no treatment. It’s called Powassan virus and it’s transmitted by deer ticks just like Lyme disease. The good news is Powassan is still relatively rare in Canada, says Dr. Matthew Gilmour, the scientific director general of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s national microbiology laboratory.
An adult female (left) and nymph tick (Getty Images)Jim Wilson was dumbfounded by a large rash around his navel back in the spring of 1991. Within a few months he was having trouble walking, talking, and remembering. Several doctors’ visits and three years later, Wilson was finally diagnosed with Lyme disease, which he’d contracted from a tick bite.