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Listen to testimony of the Public Health Agency of Canada as they speak to the federal government of Canada’s Health Committe on Bill C-442 the National Lyme Disease Strategy Act

This is a private member’s Bill put before parliament that looks like it will pass into law as a result of all party support.  A private member’s Bill can only ask for limited action.  It cannot ask government to commit money for example.  This Bill was written to be the best it could be within given limitations. The testimony of Continues →

CBC TV : Power and Politics, Battling Lyme Disease

Lyme disease victim Nicole Bottles shares her story of abuse from within the Canadian medical system in her struggles with Lyme disease that has left her to date, still in a wheel chair. Also, Green Party Leader and member of parliament, Elizabeth May discusses Nicoles situation and her provate members Bill C-442 that is in Health Committee now. Watch CBC Continues →

Calgary declares May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month – Mayor Naheed Nenshi

From the Lyme Disease Association of Alberta (LDAA) … The month of MAY has been officially declared LYME AWARNESS MONTH in Calgary by Major Naheed Nenshi! See attached pictures of the official proclamation! You can be sure that with your help, we will work hard to have this happen in other Albertan cities next May! Congratulations LDAA ! View declaration

United States to limit antibiotic use in food farm industry, thought to be 8 times that of human use

FDA NEWS RELEASE   For Immediate Release: Wed. Dec. 11, 2013 Media Inquiries: Shelly Burgess, 301-796-4651, shelly.burgess@fda.hhs.gov or Juli Putnam, 240-402-0537,JuliAnn.Putnam@fda.hhs.gov Trade Press Inquiries: Siobhan DeLancey, 240-276-9356, siobhan.delancey@fda.hhs.gov Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA From: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm378193.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery   FDA takes significant steps to address antimicrobial resistance Agency implementing plan to ensure judicious use of antibiotics in food animals   The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today is implementing a plan to Continues →

Three Sudden Cardiac Deaths Associated with Lyme Carditis — United States, November 2012–July 2013

December 13, 2013 / 62(49);993-996 Lyme disease* is a multisystem illness caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, a spirochete transmitted by certain species of Ixodes ticks. Approximately 30,000 confirmed and probable cases of Lyme disease were reported in the United States in 2012, primarily from high-incidence states in the Northeast (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Continues →

Glut of deer ticks raises fear of Lyme disease

Thunder Bay health unit changes priority to collect deer ticks CBC News Posted: Jul  2, 2013   1:17 PM ET An increase in the number of deer ticks in Northwestern Ontario, which can cause Lyme disease, has prompted the Thunder Bay District Health Unit to spend more time on that problem and less on trapping mosquitoes. Entomologist Ken Deacon says the risk Continues →

Lyme Disease — Debatable Motion in the New Brunswick Legislature

Press Release  Lyme Disease — Debatable Motion in the New Brunswick Legislature June 14, 2013 Fredericton,NB- New Maryland Sunbury West Progressive Conservative MLA Jack Carr presented a historic motion in the legislature on June 14, 2013. The motion was seconded by MLA Donald Arsenault Liberal MLA representing Dalhousie-Restigouche East.  The Lyme disease advocacy community is pleased to see all members Continues →

Global TV – Lyme disease expanding in Canada

Lyme disease is rapidly expanding according to Dr. Robbin Lindsay of the Canadian National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg.  Most victims of Lyme disease and other experts suggest the only thing that is expanding is the pressure by victims upon government to stop underplaying this long prevalent disease in Canada. It has been shown for many years that migratory birds spread the Continues →

Alberta: Province expands tick surveillance program

Albertans have been asked to keep their eyes peeled for a little black bug over the next few months, one that likes to hitch a ride on your canine companion. The Alberta government has recently expanded its tick surveillance program, asking individuals to submit ticks they find to the nearest participating environmental public health office, for Lyme disease testing. Certain Continues →

Lyme disease test kits and limitations

Health Canada : “Lyme disease test kits are class II (IV being the highest risk class) in vitro diagnostic devices. The devices are intended for the detection of antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferi in human serum, plasma or cerebrospinal fluid.1 They are used to provide serologic evidence of B. Burgdorferi  exposure.1 Infection can result in dermatologic, neurologic, cardiac and musculoskeletal disorders.2 Continues →

British Columbia government report on Lyme disease – Schmidt report

After much negative media attention in 2008 relative to the poor quality of health care relating to Lyme disease in BC, the provincial Minister of Health and Deputy Minister of Health had to act. Also, that year questions posed by the opposition critic David Cubberley to the Minister of Health proved to be difficult for the Minister to respond to. Continues →