Category Archives: Co-infections

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Monitoring of Nesting Songbirds Detects Established Population of Blacklegged Ticks and Associated Lyme Disease Endemic Area in Canada

Abstract This study provides a novel method of documenting established populations of bird-feeding ticks. Single populations of the blacklegged tick, Ixodes scapularis, and the rabbit tick, Haemaphysalis leporispalustris, were revealed in southwestern Québec, Canada. Blacklegged tick nymphs and, similarly, larval and nymphal rabbit ticks were tested for the Lyme disease bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato (Bbsl), using PCR and the flagellin (flaB) gene, and Continues →

Transgenic functional complementation with a transmission -associated protein restores spirochete infectivity by tick bite

Abstract The relapsing fever spirochete Borrelia hermsii and the Lyme disease spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto each produces an abundant, orthologous, outer membrane protein, Vtp and OspC, respectively, when transmitted by tick bite. Gene inactivation studies have shown that both proteins are essential for spirochete infectivity when transmitted by their respective tick vectors. Therefore, we transformed a vtp-minus mutant of B. hermsii with ospC from B. burgdorferi and examined the behavior Continues →

Canada loses a great Lyme disease defender, Paul Haefling author of Oh Canada: The “Politicks” of Lyme Disease

Obituary Haefling, Paul M.A. (English), LL.B – Passed away surrounded by his loving wife Catherine of 54 years and family members at the Wellington Terrace Nursing Home in Fergus on Monday, January 13, 2020. Paul Haefling, in his 79th year, was the husband of Catherine (Lipton) Haefling. Predeceased by his parents Jerome and Irene (Sullivan) Haefling and by his sister Continues →

Prevalence of Infection and Co-Infection and Presence of Rickettsial Endosymbionts in Ixodes Scapularis (Acari: Ixodidae) in Connecticut, USA.

Abstract Ixodes scapularis is currently known to transmit 7 pathogens responsible for Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, tick-borne relapsing fever, ehrlichiosis, and Powassan encephalitis. Ixodes scapularis can also be colonized by endosymbiotic bacteria including those in the genus of Rickettsia. We screened 459 I. scapularis ticks submitted to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station Tick Testing Laboratory with the objectives to (1) examine differences in infection prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi, Anaplasma Continues →

Chronic Lyme Disease: An Evidence-Based Definition by the ILADS Working Group

Abstract Objective: Chronic Lyme disease has been a poorly defined term and often dismissed as a fictitious entity. In this paper, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) provides its evidence-based definition of chronic Lyme disease. Definition: ILADS defines chronic Lyme disease (CLD) as a multisystem illness with a wide range of symptoms and/or signs that are either continuously Continues →

Dr. Neil Spector presents new research on diagnostics and treatment

November 18th, 2019 Dr. Neil Spector, a world famous cancer researcher who contracted Lyme disease, gives an amazing presentation of potential new diagnostics and treatments for Lyme borreliosis and other infections. He is grateful for the support of the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation. Watch full presentation

Disulfiram (Tetraethylthiuram Disulfide) in the Treatment of Lyme Disease and Babesiosis: Report of Experience in Three Cases

Abstract   Three patients, each of whom had required intensive open-ended antimicrobial therapy for control of the symptoms of chronic relapsing neurological Lyme disease and relapsing babesiosis, were able to discontinue treatment and remain clinically well for periods of observation of 6–23 months following the completion of a finite course of treatment solely with disulfiram. One patient relapsed at six Continues →

Most recent American Psychiatric Association guidelines… check for Lyme disease in evaluation.

[CanLyme Note: The wording indicates locally endemic infectious diseases so that would also include the known co-infections of Lyme and other vector-borne diseases.  We need to find out what the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA) guidelines are relative to infectious diseases.  CanLyme has asked the CPA for their position on this. Limiting their investigation to the current anti-body testing model may miss Continues →

FORMER MISS CANADA LOSES ALL WHILE FIGHTING CONTROVERSIAL DISEASE

November 28th, 2019 Shannon Smadella once represented Canada on the world’s stage and now she is the one who needs help – and she needs it – yesterday Vancouver, BC: Shannon was Miss Canada and represented this country with pride, volunteering thousands of un-paid hours for charity and humanitarian work. But when Shannon needed help, Canada’s medical system wasn’t there Continues →

Scotland, UK: Killer tick-borne parasite imitating malaria-like diseases is discovered by scientists in the UK

November 2019 by Shreyas Tanna Medical Herald A tick-borne parasite which causes a deadly malaria-like illness is spreading in the UK. Deadly malaria-like diseases are being spread in the UK by a tick-borne parasite. Babesia venatorum, the name of the discovered parasite, lives in sheep in the Scottish Highlands, according to researchers. People visiting the region have been warned by Continues →

Rickettsial infections of the central nervous system

[CanLyme Note: The Canadian medical community is absolutely under-informed on tick-borne disease. Medical leadership in Canada, managed by non-medical (PHAC), medically unethical (AMMI), scientifically unethical (CIHR), taxpayer funded gatekeepers for the for-profit medical industry insure never ending sickness that generates billions of dollars while denying access to policy making decisions of those most affected… patients and their experts. When will there Continues →

Tick-borne disease can be transmitted in as little as 15 seconds of attachment new study reveals.

[CanLyme Note: In the western regions of North America Dermacentor andersonii is a major vector of Rickettsia rickettsii. Because rickettsial infections in humans appear to be expressed from mild to fatal it is possible many misdiagnoses have occurred over the decades. “Rickettsial infections can affect many organs, including the central nervous system (CNS) ” Also, the possibility of congenital transmission must be explored Continues →

CBC News: Yarmouth horse owner spreads word about little-known tick-borne disease

Nov. 5th, 2019 A Yarmouth, N.S., horse owner wants others to know about anaplasma, a tick-borne disease that her horse, Sloane, contracted before Halloween. “If you see swollen legs on your horse, it means something, do something,” said Sarah LeBlanc, Sloane’s owner. Anaplasma causes serious fevers, loss of appetite and swollen and painful limbs. If a fever is left untreated, it can lead to Continues →