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Doctors, public left in the dark on danger to babies – Chronicle Herald

Published in the Chronicle Herald newspaper December 21, 2018

by Jane Bailey

The following statement is false. You can only get Lyme disease from a black-legged tick. The next two statements are true. You can pass Lyme disease to your unborn baby. Your baby can suffer very serious adverse outcomes, including from miscarriage, stillbirth, and newborn death, as well as serious neurological development issues, and various other illnesses and developmental delays/issues as a result of Lyme infection during pregnancy.

Earlier this fall, on Nov. 12, a new, peer reviewed research article was published in the highly reputable science and medical journal PLOS ONE. It was authored by several senior Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) scientists and one Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) scientist. The paper unequivocally acknowledged mother-to-fetus (transplacental) transmission of Lyme disease as a fact.

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