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‘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 →

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 →

Timmins, Ontario: Tick taken from local resident linked to Lyme disease

[CanLyme Note: Continuing to inform the public as to whether they are in a low risk or high risk area is wrong and disarming. Considering the abundance of science it is alarming that public health still feels the need to not report the complete picture. Ticks are transported randomly by migratory birds such as robins, wrens, finches, and many other birds. Continues →

First Record of Ixodes affinis Tick (Acari: Ixodidae) Infected with Borrelia burgdorferi Sensu Lato Collected from a Migratory Songbird in Canada

Scott, et al.  Published June 30th, 2016 Abstract Migratory songbirds transport hard-bodied ticks (Acari: Ixodidae) into Canada during northward spring migration, and some of these bird-feeding ticks harbor a wide diversity of pathogenic microorganisms. In this study, we collected a nymphal Ixodes affinis Neumann from a Common Yellowthroat, Geothylypis trichas (Linnaeus), at Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec, and it was infected with the Continues →

Montreal Gazette: Quebec issues warning for Lyme disease

[CanLyme Note: Their 159 reported cases are seriously under-reported due to many reasons including poor tests, lack of doctor education ofo medical doctors to recognize Lyme symptoms, especially late stage chronic symptoms.] lJune 24th, 2016 The Ministry of Health and Social Services advised people who practise outdoor activities to watch out for the bugs. The disease is spread through “deer” and “blacklegged” Continues →

Lyme disease sufferers looking for more help from Canadian medical system

Chris Thompson, Windsor Star Published on: May 27, 2016 Two years ago Francesca Ventimiglia was a healthy a vibrant aerobics instructor teaching as many as three classes a day. Today she is wheelchair-bound, unable to walk, her sight and hearing impaired. She also had her breasts removed from a misdiagnosis of cancer. Ventimigla has Lyme disease, a tick-borne illness that Continues →

Watch CTV news interview of Dr. Todd Hatchette. A very good example of how opinion, not science, is driving Lyme borreliosis policy in Canada… in spite of evidence presented by experts in Ottawa, May 15th to 17th, 2016.

[Lyme disease is actually Lyme borreliosis. an infection caused by many different strains/genotypes of Borrelia bacteria] How can one rationalize making progress from the patient’s expert perspective when officially, by tax payer funded microbiologists, opinion is put forward as fact with no supporting science. Dr. Todd Hatchette attended the recent three day conference in Ottawa during which a wide diversity Continues →

Toronto identifies areas where ticks that cause Lyme disease are found

[CanLyme Note: Re: this statement, “Blacklegged ticks that can spread Lyme disease found in 4 areas of city”.  This statement is misleading in that the ticks that transmit Lyme disease are moved around by birds, randomly. They are not only where they look for them or where they have been seen. Birds also can carry the Lyme bacteria in their blood Continues →

CBC News, Canada: Lyme disease response requires collaboration in Canada, researcher says

By Laurie Fagan, April 22, 2016 A Queen’s university researcher says Canadian Lyme disease experts need to work more collaboratively to treat the growing number of people who contract the debilitating tick-borne illness. Steven Liss, the vice principal of research at Queen’s University, is proposing a Canadian research network for Lyme disease that would improve the current methods of tracking Continues →