MMLT “Tick Talk” and AGM - theHumm March 2020
MMLT “Tick Talk” and AGM - theHumm March 2020
On Wednesday, March 25, the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT) invites everyone to attend “Keeping pace with the risk and spread of tick-borne diseases in Ontario and Quebec” — a presentation by Kirsten Crandall.
As temperatures warm, tick-borne diseases (e.g., Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Powassan virus) are predicted to spread further into Canada due to the northward movement of the mammal and bird hosts transporting infected ticks. Over the past decade, the number of reported cases of tick-borne diseases in Canada has increased exponentially, with many cases occurring in Ontario and Quebec. In the future, tick-borne diseases will become an even greater public health problem in Canada. How are infectious diseases transmitted by ticks? Why are mammals a big part of the problem? How can we protect ourselves when we are out in nature? These questions and more will be discussed using the current research findings on tick-borne disease in Canada and the interprovincial comparison that is being conducted as part of Kirsten’s Ph.D. research.
Kirsten Crandall is a Joint Ph.D. candidate at McGill University and the University of Ottawa. After hearing from numerous people negatively affected by tick-borne diseases, she became interested in what factors might be driving the increased number of cases of infectious disease. Her main research interest focuses on the connections between tick and mammal abundance and diversity with disease risk and climate change at a large spatial scale in Ontario and Quebec. She integrates a wide variety of methods such as specimen-based museum work, field surveys, field experiments and modelling, to disentangle this complex disease system.
Ms. Crandall’s presentation will take place on Wednesday, March 25 starting at 7:30pm at the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority Building at 10970 Hwy 7 in Carleton Place. There will be a $10 entrance fee for the general public; attendance is at no charge for MMLT members.
The talk will follow the MMLT’s Annual General Meeting which will start at 6:30pm. There will be a half-hour intermission for refreshments at 7pm.
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