Expert Alert: Fall and Tick-borne Diseases

Prof. Katie Clow

It might be almost fall, but that doesn’t mean tick season is over.

In fact, there are more adult ticks now that there were in the spring, and those adults are still looking to feed.

The University of Guelph has experts who can discuss what outdoors lovers need to know about tick disease prevention in the fall and about why our risk for tick exposure remains high .

Prof. Katie Clow is a veterinarian who has studied the ecology and epidemiology of the black-legged tick and the risk of Lyme disease in Ontario. She is currently a post-doctoral researcher at  the Ontario Veterinary College and is available for interviews.

Here’s a commentary she wrote for Conversation Canada about ticks in the fall.

 

Prof. Scott Weese, a veterinary internal medicine specialist with OVC, is also available for interviews.

a headshot of Prof. Scott Weese

Prof. Scott Weese

In 2016, Weese launched the Pet Tick Tracker, an online tool that gathers information from Ontario pet owners and vets who have found ticks on pets. He and a team of U of G researchers use the data to monitor changes in tick populations, to predict the insects’ movement and to be alerted to new tick species in Ontario.

Weese and Clow manage Pets and Ticks, a comprehensive website that brings the Pet Tick Tracker together with up-to-date, evidence-based information on ticks in Canada.

Contact:

Prof. Scott Weese
jsweese@ovc.uoguelph.ca

Dr. Katie Clow
kclow@uoguelph.ca