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Toronto Star: Pet owners help university track ticks through new online tool

Pathobiology professor Scott Weese, who developed the Tick Tracker, says the data could serve as an “early warning system.” By Isabel Teotonio August 7th, 2017 When Ellen Holmes takes her two cocker spaniels for a walk on her 40-hectare property — a pooch paradise made up of ponds, trails and thick brush — they always return home with unwelcome guests: Continues →

BABESIA CASES SKYROCKET IN WISCONSIN WITH A 26-FOLD INCREASE

by Daniel J. Cameron, MD, MPH In Wisconsin, between 2001 and 2015, “there was a 26-fold increase in the incidence of confirmed babesiosis, in addition to geographic expansion,” according to MMWR. [1] The report listed suburbanization, forest fragmentation patterns, and warming average temperatures as potential causes behind the surge. The rising prevalence of co-infections in rodents may also be to blame for the Continues →

Stevia could offer cure for Lyme disease, researchers say

Published July 12th, 2017 Stevia, a common coffee sweetener, could be a possible cure for Lyme disease after tests conducted by a Connecticut professor and her students showed it was most effective in treating the tick-borne illness. Professor Eva Sapi, chairwoman of University of New Haven’s Department of Biology and Environmental Science, and her students have been testing the liquid, whole-leaf Continues →

Human Rights Violations of Relapsing Fever and Lyme Disease Patients Under International Investigation

[CanLyme Note: CanLyme was approached by Jenna Luché-Thayer early this year after her finding out that the World Health Organization (WHO) had held a meeting in November 2016 regarding updating the WHO International Classification of Diseases codes (ICD codes) relative to tick borne diseases. WHO is mandated to work with stakeholders yet no patient groups were asked to attend the Continues →

CTV News Toronto: Students warned because ticks are found at schools.

Kids picking up ticks at schools.  Not only found in wooded areas. This further emphasizes that the over emphasis from government about ticks being only found in certain area is a harmful and misleading policy. Had patients been involved in policy making like they are on most other diseases the public would be much more aware and protected, patients would Continues →

France: Chronic Lyme is real and treat with long term antibiotics.

Inside Europe: Lyme disease on the rise in France Lyme disease, which you get when bitten by an infected tick, has reached epidemic proportions in France. With 33,000 new officially confirmed cases last year, the government has launched an action plan to fight it. John Laurenson reports from the village of Feucherolles in central France on the spread of a Continues →

CBC News: Lyme disease research, funding falling behind in Canada

June 18th, 2017 – by Jennifer Seiff for CBC News When I got sick in May 2016 with what I suspected was Lyme disease, I learned fast about tick-borne illnesses in Canada. What I learned was that out-of-date lab tests mean many people may altogether miss a diagnosis of Lyme — an infectious disease spread through the bite of infected ticks that can produce Continues →

CTV Winnipeg: 12-year-old boy suffers infection from wood tick

June 13th, 2017 … “I felt something on my back, so I pulled it off and it was a tick,” said Ferguson. “So I just killed it and threw it away.” Logan said it was a wood tick, so he didn’t give it a second thought. But a couple of days later he started feeling sick with headaches and fatigue. Continues →

CBC radio: Lyme patient and researcher question government framework.

Lyme disease patient from Quebec and then, research scientist from University of Alberta draws into question testing and treatment in Canada.  Why is Canada being forced to follow US guidelines when we have our own distinct genotypes that vary across the country? Listen here