Lyme disease vastly under-detected in Canada, according to new study

Mount A biologist co-authors research that suggests only 3-4% of Lyme cases are officially diagnosed

Friday October 20th, 2018

A new study published in the journal Healthcare suggests the vast majority of Canadians who have Lyme disease are slipping through the cracks.

The research was done by Vett Lloyd, a Mount Allison University biology professor, and Dr. Ralph Hawkins, a clinical associate professor at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine.

Lloyd is a founding member of Mount Allison’s Lyme Research Network, and Hawkins is a member of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta.

Lloyd said they started with a question brought to the research community by patients and their advocates.

They wanted to know why the official number of Lyme diagnoses was so low — fewer than 1,000 — when many thousands of people belong to the patient community.

“If everyone is working from the same baseline information we can perhaps start to move forward to dealing with this disease,” said Lloyd, who contracted Lyme disease from a tick in her backyard, and has been studying ticks for several years.

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