Primary Detection of the Establishment of Blacklegged Ticks, Ixodes Scapularis, in British Columbia, Canada
Primary Detection of the Establishment of Blacklegged Ticks, Ixodes scapularis, in British Columbia, Canada
John D Scott* and Catherine Scott
Upper Grand Tick Centre, 365 St. David Street South, Fergus, Ontario N1M 2L7, Canada
*Corresponding author(s) John D Scott, Upper Grand Tick Centre, 365 St. David Street South, Fergus, Ontario N1M 2L7, Canada Email: firstname.lastname@example.org DOI: 10.37871/jbres1754 Submitted: 23 May 2023 Accepted: 30 May 2023 Published: 31 May 2023 Copyright: © 2023 Scott JD, et al. Distributed under Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0 OPEN ACCESS
North America VOLUME: 4 ISSUE: 5 – MAY, 2023 BIOLOGY GROUP PARASITOLOGY
Ticks transport and transmit microbial pathogens that inflict malevolent diseases on domestic and wildlife animals, and humans. We reveal the first-time record of the blacklegged tick, Ixodes scapularis, in British Columbia (BC) and, concurrently, far western North America. We unveil the primary tick-host record of I. scapularis parasitizing a Mallard duck, Anasplatyrhynchos. In our study, the most pronounced Ixodes species was I. scapularis (61%) followed by the western blacklegged tick, Ixodes pacificus (34%). The most frequently occurring mammalian host parasitized by I. scapularis was the eastern cottontail, Sylvilagus floridanus, a lagomorph of grassland habitats. Healthcare professionals must be aware that both I. pacificus, and I. scapularis bite humans in BC, and transmit at least six tick-borne human zoonotic pathogens that cause insidious diseases.
Yet more proof ticks are everywhere and parasitizing virtually everything. Continuing to regurgitate that patients can’t be infected with Lyme/MSIDS because ticks and disease don’t exist in certain geographical areas is foolishness that is killing people or dooming them to a life of misery. Please educate others on this fact because mainstream medicine and the media are lying to the public and are not to be trusted.