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Ampersand Fall 2021 Omnibus Adult ON & QC

Lyme Disease in Canada
The tick-borne epidemic you need to know about — now!
By (author): Brian Owens
Brian Owens


Formac - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Trade binding
Paperback , Trade binding


General Trade
Jun 15, 2021
$24.95 CAD


229 x 153 x 10 mm | 220 gr

Page Count:

152 pages
Formac Publishing Company Limited
HEALTH & FITNESS / Diseases / General
  • Short Description

An up-to-date resource for anyone worrying about ticks and Lyme disease, including how to deal with ticks and tick bites, the science of the bacteria causing Lyme disease, the controversies about treatment, the role of global warming in the spread of the disease, and resources for those experiencing the disease.

Everything you need to know about Lyme disease, the ticks that spread it, the epidemic it is causing in Canada — and what we can do about it

Ticks carrying Lyme disease have rapidly spread across southern Canada. The disease is especially common in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. For active, outdoorsy people — like many Canadians — the risk of contracting Lyme rises the more time you spend in nature. Hikers, golfers, campers, hunters and dog-walkers all face the potential to be bitten by a tick and be infected with Lyme or another tick-borne disease.

Despite the growing threat to public health in Canada, Lyme disease remains a controversial and poorly understood illness that can cause long-lasting problems. Usually cured when promptly treated, it often goes undiagnosed. Doctors have been slow to recognize it and its treatment is mired in controversy.

Author Brian Owens looks at the conflicts that exist in recognizing, diagnosing and treating Lyme disease, and the failed human vaccine. He tells the stories of the politicians and patient advocates who have worked to raise awareness of the disease in Canada and covers the latest developments in science and medicine. This book is a mine of up-to-date, reliable, independent information.

Find out how:

  • To avoid being bitten by a tick
  • To find and remove an embedded tick (they’re astonishingly small!)
  • To avoid attracting ticks to your yard
  • To get involved in citizen science projects to track the spread of ticks
  • Ticks got to Canada
  • Ticks find human targets
  • Ticks feed and transmit the Lyme bacteria

  • Canadian content on a major health risk
  • Lyme Disease is now epidemic in southern Ontario, southern Quebec and Nova Scotia
  • The latest scientific facts and research explained for a general reader wanting to understand how to avoid ticks, and what to do about a tick bite
  • Embossed cover underlines the tiny size of infection-causing ticks
  • Details on the controversies about Lyme treatment, and background on why dogs but not humans can be vaccinated against the disease
  • Illustrated with colour photographs

BRIAN OWENS is a science writer and editor who focuses on issues in conservation, the environment and health. His work has appeared in Nature, New Scientist, the Canadian Medical Association Journal, The Lancet and others. He lives with his family in St. Stephen, New Brunswick.

“If someone is looking for their first book on the topic, this would be a good start."

- Lunenburg Lyme Association

"There's a lot here that I think will interest people."

- Julia Wright, Host, CBC Information Morning Saint John

"Lyme Disease in Canada is an essential book for every part of Canada."

- James Fisher, Miramichi Reader

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