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In recent years, Ontario has seen an expansion in the distribution of blacklegged ticks, which transmit the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria that causes Lyme disease. This expansion has also been accompanied by an increase in human cases of Lyme disease. The presenters will focus on updated current tick and epidemiological trends, surveillance activities, the role of laboratory testing in diagnosis, and briefly discuss treatment options. This information will assist you in the public health management of Lyme disease.
Presenters: Curtis Russell and Samir Patel
Curtis Russell is a senior program specialist with the Enteric, Zoonotic, and Vector-Borne Diseases team at Public Health Ontario (PHO). In this role, Curtis provides expert advice and consultative services to Ontario's public heath units on vector-borne diseases such as West Nile virus and Lyme disease. He received his doctorate in biology from Brock University with a particular focus on mosquitoes and their potential to transmit West Nile virus to humans.
Samir Patel is an expert in vector-borne zoonotic diseases at the PHO Laboratories. He holds a doctorate in tropical diseases from the University of Toronto, where he also received his fellowship in clinical microbiology.
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