A new infection transmitted by the blacklegged tick, the same one that transmits Lyme disease, has just been listed in the Bromont area.
Six cases of anaplasmosis have been confirmed by authorities. It is the first aggregate of its kind in Estrie and even in Quebec. The disease is treated with antibiotics, but the symptoms can be unpleasant.
“It is fever that is encountered in almost 100% of cases,” explains Dr. Philippe Martin, microbiologist and infectious disease specialist at the CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS. Muscle and joint pain may also be felt. In short, we really have the impression of not feeling well. “
Unlike Lyme disease, anaplasmosis does not cause redness.
Because the diagnosis is not easy to make, health authorities recommend that people do not hesitate to see a doctor if they experience this type of symptom. Only laboratory tests can confirm that it is indeed anaplasmosis.
And if you find a tick on you, your pet or elsewhere, do not hesitate to photograph it and register it on the eTick.ca application. This public platform, designed here in Estrie, makes it possible to follow the evolution of the tick on our territory, but also across the country.
Jade Savage is the instigator of the project. She is also a professor of Biological Sciences at Bishop’s University.
“In terms of the black-legged tick, we see a little more each year in regions such as Quebec, Abitibi. Regions that are a little further north of Montreal. But we do not yet have enough longitudinal data, therefore over time, to say that we can make predictions on how it will evolve. ”
Remember that Estrie is the region with the most reported cases of Lyme disease since the start of the year.
Of the 83 cases reported in Quebec between January 1, 2021 and July 10, 2012, 33 are in Estrie and 23 in Montérégie.