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Researcher says tick-borne disease Borrelia has grown exponentially in Finland

October 5th, 2017 New research finds that ticks are not only becoming more common in Finland but incidents of the tick-borne disease Borrelia – also known as Lyme disease – has grown exponentially in the past 20 years. A new study by a doctoral student found that one-in-six ticks in Finland now carry the disease. Read article

Popular Shrub Linked to Rising Rates of Lyme Disease in Ticks

[CanLyme note: Japanese barberry, an invasive plant, has been promoted as a decorative shrub for landscaping across Canada for many years, even in the dry Okanagan Valley region of BC In Canada, plant growers, retailers, and landscapers need to take this seriously and stop selling this product and similar products.  Offer your concerns to the Canadian Landscape Nursery Association. This is Continues →

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario: Local tick reports up sharply over last year

[CanLyme note: This article says only one tick per year is testing positive for Lyme disease.  Research has shown us that their tests are not capable of detecting all the known strains of Lyme borreliosis.  If you do not have the correct test for all the strains you have no idea of true prevalence. The government knows this and should properly Continues →

Tips after Lyme Disease is in your system

From Toronto Sun Sept 23rd, 2017 “With the Public Health test, chronic sufferers like me can be misdiagnosed. Although options are available to treat Lyme, because they are not covered by OHIP or widespread, they are inaccessible to many. From my experiences, the Lyme care in Ontario seems insufficient. We all pay taxes and to incur additional medical expenditures to Continues →

YME SCI: What’s the story about stevia?

From Lymedisease.org – written by Lonnie Markum There has been a great deal of information circulating the internet about the use of stevia as a “cure” for Lyme disease. I’d like to try and clear up a few things. Many news articles have referred to laboratory research published by Dr. Eva Sapi of New Haven University, on the effectiveness of Continues →

CBC News: High-risk areas for Lyme disease expand to include Moncton

By Joseph Tunney, September 22nd, 2017 Westmorland and Albert counties added to list that already includes Charlotte, Saint John and Kings counties Moncton has joined the list of high-risk areas for Lyme disease, the provincial government announced Friday in Saint John. Two new counties, Albert and Westmorland counties, were added to the list because of research this summer on the Continues →

The cost of Lyme borreliosis.

Eur J Public Health. 2017 Jun 1;27(3):538-547. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckw269. Abstract BACKGROUND: Lyme borreliosis (LB) is the most frequently reported tick-borne infection in Europe and North America. The aim of this study was to estimate the cost-of-illness of LB in the Netherlands. We used available incidence estimates from 2010 for tick bite consultations and three symptomatic LB outcomes: erythema migrans (EM), disseminated LB Continues →

Borrelia lanei sp. nov. extends the diversity of Borrelia species in California

First Published Online: 08 September 2017, International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology doi: 10.1099/ijsem.0.002214 Subject: Taxonomic Description – New Taxa Abstract The diversity of Borrelia species discovered in California appears to be particularly high. A divergent group of Borrelia strains collected from Ixodes ticks in California was described by Postic and co-workers and designated ‘genomospecies 2’ (Postic D, Garnier M, Baranton G. Int J Med Continues →

Ontario: Twenty-four cases of Lyme Disease in Durham

September 6th, 2017 The Durham Region Health Department is reminding the public to protect themselves against Lyme disease, a serious bacterial illness that is spread by the bite of an infected black-legged tick or “deer” tick, which carry the bacteria. So far this season, the health department has submitted 118 ticks for testing for Lyme disease; 28 were identified as Continues →

Empirical validation of the Horowitz Multiple Systemic Infectious Disease Syndrome Questionnaire for suspected Lyme disease

International Journal of General Medicine September 4th, 2017 Purpose: Lyme disease is spreading worldwide, with multiple Borrelia species causing a broad range of clinical symptoms that mimic other illnesses. A validated Lyme disease screening questionnaire would be clinically useful for both providers and patients. Three studies evaluated such a screening tool, namely the Horowitz Multiple Systemic Infectious Disease Syndrome (MSIDS) Continues →

First record of locally acquired human babesiosis in Canada caused by Babesia duncani: a case report

First Published August 29, 2017 John D Scott Abstract Objectives: The aim of this clinical assessment was to ascertain whether a 70-year-old Canadian patient, who had no history of out-of-country travel, had contracted a Babesia infection. Methods: The adult human male developed constitutional symptoms, which included sweats, chills, and immobilizing fatigue, and was screened for human babesiosis. Subsequent testing included a complete Babesia Continues →

Watch New York State Senate Public Hearing on Lyme and Tick Borne Diseases

LYME SCI: Re-cap of New York’s Lyme disease hearing On August 29, the New York State Senate’s Task Force on Lyme and Tick-borne Diseases held a public hearing, with participation from many stakeholders. Public health officials, scientists, patients, and doctors from IDSA and ILADS all addressed the committee hearing, which was streamed live to a national audience. Senator Sue Serino, Continues →

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 →