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New Website Provides another Resource for Monitoring and Identifying Ticks in Canada

May 28, 2019

Etick.ca is a new Canadian website providing another resource for clinics and pet owners regarding tick submissions and identification. eTick.ca is a public platform for image-based identification and population monitoring of ticks in Canada.

The emergence of Lyme disease and the rapid geographical range expansion of certain tick species in Canada are important issues for public health authorities and the public in general. Following tick populations on such a large territory is also expensive and logistically challenging.

The citizen science project eTick.ca invites the public to participate in the monitoring of ticks in Canada by submitting tick photos on eTick.ca for professional identification. The identification results, combined with other data, such as collection date and locality, can then be consulted and mapped so all users may visualize the information related to any/all species for any given year and/or geographical area. Access to eTick.ca is free and it is not necessary to contribute data in order to consult the database.

The eTick platform has been used in Québec for several years; however, it has now also been extended to Ontario and New Brunswick (with the goal to add additional provinces in the future). The eTick initiative’s partners include the Public Health Agency of Canada, Institut national de santé publique du Québec, le Laboratoire de santé publique du Québec, New Brunswick Department of Health, Public Health Ontario, University of Guelph, University of New Brunswick and University of Ottawa. This website will also be collaborating with petsandticks.com.