Lyme disease has been steadily on the rise since the 1990s, and the threat of Lyme is only expected to grow as warmer global temperatures potentially prolong the tick season. In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated there were 33,666 confirmed and probable cases of Lyme disease reported in the United States. The Government of Canada reported 1,487 cases that same year. Lyme, if not treated early, can develop into a debilitating disease, with symptoms that can be felt for months or even years. Lyme Disease, Ticks and You is an easy-to-follow and essential guide to understanding, detecting and treating Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.
Dr. Shelley Ball, a trained freshwater insect ecologist, is a long-term Lyme sufferer who has been infected multiple times, including with various other tick-borne diseases. Drawing from years of experience advocating for her own health, Dr. Ball has gathered together the information and resources the reader needs to not only understand the science, prevent tick bites and recognize Lyme, but also get treatment for this complex and often misdiagnosed disease. Chapters include:
Lyme Disease, Ticks and You is capped off with an extensive list of references and resources that will further equip each reader with the information they need to deal with ticks, Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.
Shelley Ball (PhD) is a Senior Environmental Assessment Officer for Natural Resources Canada and the Founder and President of Biosphere Environmental Education, a social enterprise focused on connecting people with nature. In addition to being a passionate spokesperson for science, she is an avid photographer with a focus on nature and conservation photography. Shelley lives in Westport, Ontario, a hot spot for black-legged (deer) ticks.