A suspected case of Lyme disease in Newfoundland and Labrador, if confirmed, would be the first one contracted in the province, and highlights how factors like increased travel and a warming climate are reducing the protection from common health concerns that comes with the province’s isolated location.
Four-year-old Kimmy Boland in Brigus is being tested for Lyme disease after her grandmother noticed a telltale bull’s-eye rash on the girl’s arm last month. Previous cases of Lyme diagnosed in the province were contracted from tick bites received elsewhere, but Kimmy has never left the island of Newfoundland, CBC News reported.
That means if she does have Lyme disease, she must have contracted it in the province, which has never before had a confirmed case of Lyme disease transmission, Dr. Hugh Whitney, the province’s chief veterinary officer, tells Yahoo Canada News.
Unlike other Atlantic provinces, such as Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador has the distinctionRead More »from N.L.’s isolation not always a protection against disease