Sunbury and Queens counties identified as risk areas for blacklegged ticks

The New Brunswick government says Sunbury and Queens counties have been identified as new risk areas for blacklegged ticks.

Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, says infected ticks can spread the bacteria that cause Lyme disease when they bite.

This is the second year of a two-year program to enhance field surveillance and tick collection, conducted by the provincial and federal governments.

Sunbury and Queens counties join Charlotte, Kings, Saint John, Westmorland, Albert, and York counties as risk areas in New Brunswick.

Government says the risk areas are identified on a county-by-county basis because it is difficult to define precise geographic limits of tick populations.

More information is available on the GNB website.