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House orders Pentagon to review if it exposed Americans to weaponised ticks

A New Jersey lawmaker suggests the government turned ticks and insects into bioweapons to spread disease and possibly released them The US House of Representatives has called for an investigation into whether the spread of Lyme disease had its roots in a Pentagon experiment in weaponising ticks. The House approved an amendment proposed by a Republican congressman from New Jersey, Chris Smith, Continues →

A Case of Tularemia in a Prosthetic Joint Infection

https://doi.org/10.3928/01477447-20190627-01 Abstract Periprosthetic infections occur in approximately 0.8% to 1.9% of all total knee arthroplasties (TKAs). Even with these low rates, it is rare to find a zoonotic bacterium causing a periprosthetic infection. In this case report, the authors identify the second documented case of a total joint infection with Francisella tularensis in the world and the first in the United States. Continues →

TOUCHED BY LYME: Singing from the IDSA Lyme hymnal

[CanLyme Note: This is an excellent response to a perversion of reality in the New York Times possibly prompted by the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA), who are the puppet masters of the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease of Canada (AMMI), who continually see the public as stupid and under-educated so they promote their anti-science at will thinking everyone Continues →

How many cases of Lyme disease are we missing?

June 27th, 2019 DONNA LUGAR I participated in a “Tick Talk” in Bedford with Lisa Ali Learning of AtlanTick on June 25. One takeaway from that meeting, for me anyway, is that we are not doing enough to ensure Nova Scotians are adequately aware of the risks associated with tick bites. One family, new to the country, had never even Continues →

The new draft of the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) guidelines open for public comment for 45 days.

The IDSA has presented their draft guidelines which with a brief scan appear not much different then their old controversial poorly evidenced guidelines.  Much of the same old players and 3 token patients. Typical unequal representation. Public comments close August 10th. Take your time, make notes before you enter their controlled comment format process as you have to submit all Continues →

Ottawa mom warns parents to check their kids for ticks after her toddler is diagnosed with Lyme disease

[CanLyme Note: It is nice to hear that the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) ‘may’ be actually taking this seriously finally. Mothers in Ontario and at many other children’s hospitals across Canada in the very recent past have been accused of having Munchausen by Proxy simply because they fought for their children’s rights after a negative test for Lyme disease Continues →

‘Scary World’ of Generic Drug Manufacturing, Revealed

[CanLyme Note: This is very important for those being treated for Lyme disease who may not be responding to the treatment.  It may be bad medication. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist to possibly switch manufacturers. One wonders what Health Canada is doing about this serious problem.] Ellie Kincaid June 06, 2019 In 2008, investigative journalist Katherine Eban started digging into the generic Continues →

First US human bite from worrying longhorned tick noted

“The tick was found in the United States for the first time in 2017 on a sheep in New Jersey, and since then, the species has been found in at least 10 states, mainly in the eastern states but also Arkansas. It’s still not known how widespread Asian longhorned ticks are in the United States, but health officials are worried, Continues →

Breakthrough paves way for new Lyme disease treatment

published June 17th, 2019 A Virginia Tech biochemist has discovered the cellular component that contributes to Lyme arthritis, a debilitating and extremely painful condition that is the most common late stage symptom of Lyme disease, a press release said. According to the release from Virginia Tech, the biochemist, Brandon Jutras, found that as the Lyme-causing bacteria borrelia burgdorferi multiplies, it sheds a cellular component called peptidoglycan Continues →

Rocky Mountain spotted fever: Mom warns after son’s tick-borne illness

[CanLyme Note: This is why our motto is ‘No Tick is a Good Tick’. Physicians have got to stop telling people not to worry about tick bites in general.  Any species of tick that will bite a human can transmit various serious diseases.] Most people have never heard of Rocky Mountain spotted fever. One mom wants to change that. By Marguerite Ward  Continues →

TICK-BORNE DISEASE COLLABORATIVE CARE TO STREAMLINE HELP FOR MANITOBANS

Manitobans Reminded to Check for Ticks: Friesen June 10th, 2019 The Manitoba government is moving forward with the establishment of a collaborative care service to streamline and improve health services for patients who show symptoms of late Lyme disease and other emerging tick-borne illnesses, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen announced today. “Symptoms of Lyme disease are often Continues →