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Global TV: Lyme disease researcher looks to support groups for information

Campers stand at the edge of the water at sunset watching the stars come out, with the CanLyme logo floating in the foreground.

By Brion Robinson

SACKVILLE, N.B. – A Mount Allison University professor says Lyme disease support groups could hold important information about improving treatment in Canada.

Dr. Vett Lloyd has been tracking ticks infected with the disease for years and says many people who are infected are forced to seek help in the United States.

That means little is known about how they are responding to treatment.

But she says people infected with the disease who attend support groups open up about their progress and that information is useful.

“Most of the people in New Brunswick who are being treated for Lyme disease are being treated outside of Canada,” she said. “Which means that information on how well they’re responding is lost in Canadian medicine.”

Lloyd says her work suggests tick numbers are growing in the province along with warmer temperatures.

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