Welcome to the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation

The Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation (CanLyme) was created to promote a more complete and comprehensive understanding of Lyme disease and related illnesses through research, education and advocacy to help reduce misdiagnosis and improve treatments for Lyme disease.

Get help for Lyme

Recognizing symptoms and learning how to talk to your doctor are the first steps towards treatment.

Learn more about Lyme

Understanding Lyme disease is the best way to prevent, diagnose and treat it.

Get the facts

Get the facts on ticks and tick-borne diseases. There are many myths! 

Recent dispatches

Whole genome sequencing of human Borrelia burgdorferi isolates reveals linked blocks of accessory genome elements located on plasmids and associated with human dissemination

ByCanLyme TeamSep 16, 20232 min read

Abstract Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in North America and Europe. The clinical manifestations of Lyme…

Join us! First annual CanLyme Disc Golf Charity Fundraiser at Mary’s Farm & Sanctuary

ByMarisa FloraSep 13, 20231 min read

It’s going to be a great day of food, beverages, fun, and disc golf! With the purchase of a…

Case study demonstrates need for increased Lyme literacy among health practitioners

ByDr. Sarah KeatingSep 8, 20231 min read

A new patient focused Lyme disease study funded by CanLyme explores the experiences of a Canadian adolescent with symptom-persistent…

Alternative Lyme disease treatments

ByRobert G. MurraySep 6, 20233 min read

Alternative Lyme disease treatments are popular either used alone or in conjunction with antibiotics.1For information about the MyLymeData Registry,…

Where there are ticks, there’s often Lyme disease

Lyme disease is caused by an infection that is most often transmitted by ticks, but it can also be transmitted from mother to child during pregnancy.

Ticks can attach to your body without being seen or felt, and diagnosis can be difficult due to symptom presentation, testing protocols and other challenges. 

Learn to protect yourself

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CanLyme is a registered Canadian charity. We rely on the financial support of donors. You can help save lives.

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Tick removal kits

We are a volunteer driven, registered charity. All proceeds go to education, prevention, awareness, research, and support.
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10 tips to avoid Lyme infection

Regular tick checks are a way to check your body for crawling or embedded ticks. Check everywhere including these hotspots.
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Your donation helps us to fund research and education for health care providers, advance prevention and awareness of Lyme disease – and more.
Illustrations in four panels of how to remove a tick by using tweezers and grabbing way low down near where it's embedded on the skin and pulling straight up, and then washing the skin around where it was embedded.

Tick removal

If you’ve discovered an embedded tick on yourself or someone else there are a few important things to remember.
A microscopic view of borrelia burgdorferi, a corkscrew shaped bacteria.

Lyme basics

Although it is most commonly associated with a tick bite, many people who have Lyme disease do not recall seeing or feeling a tick bite.
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By taking the right precautions and spreading the word, you can effectively protect yourself, and your family, from Lyme.

More news

Children are more than twice as likely to lose their detectable antibodies to Lyme disease bacteria

ByCanLyme TeamAug 28, 20232 min read

Background Lyme borreliosis (LB), caused by Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb), is the most common tick-borne infection in Germany. Antibodies against Bb are prevalent in…

Toward a common research agenda in infection

ByRobert G. MurrayAug 17, 20233 min read

In June, 2023 the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine [NASEM] held a two day forum that…

2023 ILADS Conference education grants now available from CanLyme

ByCatherine KinsellaAug 10, 20233 min read

ILADS 24th Annual Scientific ConferenceOctober 19th-21st in Boston, Massachusetts CanLyme is pleased to announce our annual education grants for…

Call for better combination treatments and diagnostics for Lyme

ByRobert G. MurrayAug 9, 20232 min read

A number of chronic illnesses, from persistent Lyme disease to long COVID, have been associated with prior infectious disease.…

Lyme neuroborreliosis: A case report

ByCanLyme TeamAug 8, 20232 min read

Abstract Key Clinical Message Lyme neuroborreliosis is the manifestation of Lyme borreliosis that impacts the nervous system. It gives…

Why Lyme treatments often fail

ByRobert G. MurrayJul 28, 20232 min read

Monica Embers, PhD, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Tulane University, Director of Vector-Borne Disease Research and member…

6-year-old may need to relearn how to walk, talk after tick bite leads to ICU, mom says

ByCanLyme TeamJul 15, 20231 min read

A bite from a tick left a 6-year-old Arkansas boy fighting for his life, his mother says, and he…

Elizabeth May speaks to the need for greater access to Lyme literate physicians and other changes

ByCanLyme TeamJul 12, 20232 min read

Thank you to everyone who helped promote awareness of The Quiet Epidemic global impact campaign by sharing CanLyme’s event…

A short history of CanLyme, by Jim Wilson

ByCanLyme TeamJul 12, 20233 min read

Thank you to everyone who helped promote awareness of The Quiet Epidemic global impact campaign by sharing CanLyme’s event…