Understanding and Assessing Impacts
Due to climate change, ticks that carry Lyme disease (LD), Ixodes scapularis, have been spreading northward into new territory. As a result, several southern regions of Quebec are now facing a new issue, zoonotic disease, which can cause long-term health concerns, like heart and joint problems, in people affected by the disease. This is why public health authorities in Quebec have implemented an integrated monitoring program for LD based on compiling data gathered from monitoring human cases and monitoring ticks identified through active and passive methods. However, considerable resources are needed to roll out this monitoring program, especially for tick sampling activities in municipalities of regions at risk. Moreover, workers most exposed to LD generally have jobs where it can be more difficult to ensure proper follow-up of awareness and prevention activities for this disease (seasonal work, with unusual hours in rural settings, thus geographically dispersed) or do not have access to materials in a language they can understand (especially immigrant and/or allophone workers).