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Detection of Lyme Disease Bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato, in Blacklegged Ticks Collected in the Grand River Valley, Ontario, Canada

Scott et al. Received: 2016.09.29; Accepted: 2016.12.28; Published: 2017.02.08 Abstract We document the presence of blacklegged ticks, Ixodes scapularis, in the Grand River valley, Centre Wellington, Ontario. Overall, 15 (36%) of 42 I. scapularis adults collected from 41 mammalian hosts (dogs, cats, humans) were positive for the Lyme disease bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato (s.l.). Using real-time PCR testing and Continues →

Global Network on Institutional Discrimination: Lyme disease patients denied care and insurance coverage because of missing diagnostic codes

News provided by Global Network on Institutional Discrimination Feb 08, 2017, 10:04 ET VERO BEACH, Fla., Feb. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Struck by a duck? Burned because your water skis caught on fire? Have a bizarre personal appearance? Fortunately, the World Health Organization has assigned over 68,000 diagnostic codes to cover these and thousands of other conditions. When your doctor Continues →

Draft of report to parliament regarding Bill 442 now online and open to public input.

February 7th, 2017 As per the requirements of Bill 442, An Act respecting a Federal Framework on Lyme Disease Health Canada held a conference on Lyme disease in May of 2016.  It was a well balanced conference that revealed significant divergent opinions among experts on the most important issues to the affected Canadian… diagnosis and treatment. Without engaging the stakeholders for input, Continues →

A technology backed by Bill Gates may revolutionize diagnostics for Lyme disease

Diana Pryor, CNBC news associate   February 7th, 2017 While the medical and health community is putting a spotlight on diseases like Zika, Ebola and tuberculosis, another disease, transmitted by ticks, is getting little notice: Lyme disease. The ticks that carry Lyme disease are spreading rapidly across the U.S. and are now located in nearly half of the country. The CDC Continues →

Flunk the Lyme test? Just wait and get sicker

January, 2017, Huffington Post Sin Lee, a pathologist and scientist, believes the deck is stacked in the quest to air new ideas on Lyme disease. Too many science journals telling him to take his research elsewhere. Too many deftly worded rejections. Too little inclination to engage in a fair fight over the facts and fiction of Lyme disease. Dr. Lee’s Continues →

Portland, Maine: Despite drought, Lyme disease cases came roaring back this fall

[CanLyme Note: Due to the proximity to the Canadian border and the role of our friendly migratory birds in importing infected ticks into Canada in staggering numbers, ie, robins, wrens, etc., Atlantic Canada’s provincial governments must increase public awareness. It is their responsibility.] Dec. 12th, 2016 This summer’s drought failed to reduce the deer tick population – as some experts had hoped – Continues →

Commercial test kits for detection of Lyme borreliosis: a meta-analysis of test accuracy

November 2016 Abstract: The clinical diagnosis of Lyme borreliosis can be supported by various test methodologies; test kits are available from many manufacturers. Literature searches were carried out to identify studies that reported characteristics of the test kits. Of 50 searched studies, 18 were included where the tests were commercially available and samples were proven to be positive using serology Continues →

Bill to combat Lyme disease heads to Pres. Obama for signature

December 7th, 2016 WASHINGTON (NEWS10) – The U.S. Senate passed legislation to combat Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. The bill now heads to President Obama’s desk for signature. If signed into law, it would ensure coordination among federal agencies and researchers, health care providers, and patient organizations in addressing tick-borne illnesses. “This is an important advancement to help combat the Continues →

Ceftriaxone Pulse Dosing Fails to Eradicate Biofilm-Like Microcolony B. burgdorferi Persisters Which Are Sterilized by Daptomycin/ Doxycycline/Cefuroxime without Pulse Dosing

Published Nov 2016 Abstract   Although the majority of Lyme disease patients can be cured, at least 10–20% of the patients continue to suffer from persisting symptoms such as fatigue, muscular and joint pain, and neurologic impairment after standard 2–4 week antibiotic treatment. While the causes for this post-treatment Lyme disease symptoms are unclear, one possibility is due to Borrelia Continues →

Australia: A Senate inquiry has recommended urgent government funding for research into tick-borne disease in Australia.

Nov. 30th, 2016 Inquiry calls for Lyme funding, research   A Senate committee has recommended the federal government urgently increase funding for research into tick-borne disease in Australia and get to work on finding a treatment. Thousands of Australians claim to be suffering from tick-borne Lyme disease, but medical authorities insist it’s not possible to contract the disease in Australia. Continues →

‘Jedi’s’ run for Lyme disease was surprisingly a lesson of love

Nov. 13th, 2016, By Catherine Thompson, Waterloo Region Record WATERLOO — His grandkids call him Jedi. As in the Jedi knights of Star Wars, wise yet gentle warriors who fight for the forces of good. And Dave Woodhall of Waterloo has been waging a battle for good, through countless hours and millions of footsteps, as he ran a distance equal Continues →

Johns Hopkins receives $10M to expand research into Lyme disease cause, treatments

Grants from Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation support existing research on post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome, new therapies, vulnerable populations   Johns Hopkins University has received a $10 million grant from the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation to explore Lyme disease and develop potential new therapies to address the illness. The grant will be divided among three Johns Hopkins research teams Continues →

Established Population of Blacklegged Ticks with High Infection Prevalence for the Lyme Disease Bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi Sensu Lato, on Corkscrew Island, Kenora District, Ontario

2016; 13(11): 881-891. doi: 10.7150/ijms.16922 Abstract We document an established population of blacklegged ticks, Ixodes scapularis, on Corkscrew Island, Kenora District, Ontario, Canada. Primers of the outer surface protein A (OspA) gene, the flagellin (fla) gene, and the flagellin B (flaB) gene were used in the PCR assays to detect Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato (s.l.), the Lyme disease bacterium. In Continues →