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Nova Scotia – Houston presents bill to address Lyme Disease

Published on April 10, 2014

Today in the Legislature, Tim Houston, Progressive Conservative MLA for Pictou East, introduced a bill to develop a comprehensive Lyme Disease Strategy for Nova Scotia.

“I am proud to be able to bring forward this long overdue legislation to address patients’ concerns respecting the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme Disease in Nova Scotia,” Houston says.

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  1. Physicians know more about tropical diseases when they graduate then they do about Lyme Borreliosis.
    They are not allowed to treat unless they get a positive ELISA test. In Oct. 2012, Health Canada newsletter vol. 22 Issue 4 warns that their existing two tier test cannot be used to reliably detect Lyme Disease, and should never be used to rule it out. There are 5 subspecies of Borrelia. Our test is for only one of these.
    Many false negatives from ELISA test. It misses 35% of the culture proven cases. Life cycle of this organism is very long (28 days to reproduce). At Out Patients you will receive 10 days of antibiotics if you are one of the lucky 9% that get a rash. All that will do is kill off the weak bugs. Minimum has to be 30 days of antibiotics for an initial infection. See CanLyme.com

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