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Manitoba : Province expands Lyme Disease risk areas

[CanLyme note: Ticks that carry Lyme Disease are spread randomly in the tens of millions by migratory birds. By emphasizing only areas that they have found established tick populations, it has been one of the most harmful policies put in place yet they continue this imprinting in doctors minds that if patients have not been in these known areas they do not have Lyme disease.  We see this over and over again happening in doctor’s offices Canada-wide. 

If you have robins in your area or sparrows and many other migratory birds you are at risk for Lyme disease.  Remeber also that the provincial test for Lyme in humans is terrible so a negative result tells you nothing. They test for only one strain of one species of the Lyme bacteria and we have many.  Their official numbers of confirmed cases are again imprinting the wrong information and are likely only representing a small fraction of what is really occurring, but is being called everything but Lyme.

It is the same imprinting nonsense as the “70-80% of people with Lyme will get an EM rash” (research has shown that fewer than 20% will get a rash as most strains/species of Borrelia, the bacteria that causes Lyme, will not cause a rash of any kind).]

Winnipeg, MB, Canada / 680 CJOB 

The Provincial government has expanded Lyme disease risk areas in Manitoba.

The new areas include the St. Ambrose Provincial park along the southeast shore of Lake Manitoba and the southeast shore of Lake Winnipeg at Patricia Beach.  In Winnipeg, the new areas are pockets along with Red and Seine River corridors. The threat is from blacklegged ticks.

Health officials recommend using tick repellent, inspecting yourself, your children and pets, and sticking to the centre of walking paths. 

From the Manitoba government news release: ….

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