[CanLyme Note: Patient representatives and their experts have been directly involved in the set up for this project in Manitoba so we are very hopeful this can evolve into a model of care Canada-wide that is so desperately needed.]
November 11th, 2019
Program will connect primary health providers, patients to specialists to help treat tick-borne illnesses
Winter may be around the corner, but Manitoba health officials are already focused on treating a summer hazard — tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease.
A “virtual clinic” of medical health officers focused on better diagnosing and treating tick-borne illnesses, first announced by the Manitoba government last June, is expected to be operating by early next year, says Dr. Richard Rusk, the province’s medical health officer for communicable disease control.
“If you have someone with multiple issues and symptoms and they don’t really come up with a clear diagnosis, then they are lost — so how do you look after this group?” said Rusk. …