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Detecting the Lyme Disease Spirochete, Borrelia Burgdorferi, in Ticks Using Nested PCR

Melanie K. B. Wills, Andrea M. Kirby, Vett K. Lloyd Department of Biology, Mount Allison University J. Vis. Exp. (132), e56471, doi:10.3791/56471 (2018) Detecting the Lyme Disease Spirochete, Borrelia Burgdorferi, in Ticks Using Nested PCR ABSTRACT Lyme disease is a serious vector-borne infection that is caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato family of spirochetes, which are transmitted to humans through the bite of Continues →

Combining public participatory surveillance and occupancy modelling to predict the distributional response of Ixodes scapularis to climate change

Volume 9, Issue 3, March 2018, Pages 695-706 David J Lieske, Vett K. Lloyd Abstract Ixodes scapularis, a known vector of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto (Bbss), is undergoing range expansion in many parts of Canada. The province of New Brunswick, which borders jurisdictions with established populations of I. scapularis, constitutes a range expansion zone for this species. To better understand the current and potential future distribution Continues →

Citizen Science and Community Engagement in Tick Surveillance-A Canadian Case Study.

Healthcare 2018, 6(1), 22; doi:10.3390/healthcare6010022 Julie Lewis, Corinne R. Boudreau, James W. Patterson, Jonathan Bradet-Legris, Vett K. Lloyd Abstract Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in North America and Europe, and on-going surveillance is required to monitor the spread of the tick vectors as their populations expand under the influence of climate change. Active surveillance involves teams of researchers collecting Continues →

Lyme disease in Ireland: This is a global threat that is being denied by government bureaucrats around the world who are tied to the United States Center for Disease Control.

Article on Lyme disease sparks calls for awareness campaign March 11, 2018 A UK SCIENTIST, whose daughter contracted Lyme disease in Bantry, says she would like to be part of an Irish awareness campaign on the tick-borne disease. Responding to reports of high rates of the disease in West Cork and South Kerry, detailed recently in The Southern Star, Helga Frost Continues →

The Canadian Lyme Consortium, representing scientists, clinicians and patients provides an update regarding government promised research grants.

March 9th, 2018 The Canadian Lyme Consortium, representing a united and transparent relationship between patients, clinicians and researchers has issued an update detailing the situation with the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) granting process.  Ethics and good science do not seem to be relevant at CIHR as Health Canada continues to fail Canadians. Read full update

Neuroscience: how do contrarians think?

February 25, 2018 (translated from French)… What happens in the brain of a man who chooses to free himself from the common opinion? Neuroscience has for many years been interested in anti-conformist personalities. The challenge is important because these individuals help to change society and advance science. Among researchers, they are few in questioning the dogmas and take the risk Continues →


by Daniel J. Cameron, MD MPH In a recent issue of the American Journal of Dermatopathology, Lynch and colleagues report on the case of a 21-year-old man who suffered hair loss following a tick bite to the scalp. [2] The man presented with nonscarring alopecia, a pattern of hair loss similar to alopecia-areata, also known as spot baldness. Tick bite-induced nonscarring Continues →

Quebec wildlife agents want Lyme disease recognized as occupational hazard

CBC News February 14th, 2018 With Lyme disease diagnoses on the rise, wildlife agents want better care and prevention help Quebec’s wildlife protection agents are asking the government to officially recognize Lyme disease as a workplace health hazard. They say that under current rules, agents who get the disease have to fight with the Workplace Health and Safety Board for Continues →

Canadian Lyme Consortium makes announcement to Lyme community

February 6th, 2018 On behalf of a growing team of scientists, advocates, and clinicians, we wanted to let you know about a national research network that is taking shape to confront the escalating Lyme disease crisis. The Canadian Lyme Consortium has evolved from the urgent need to accelerate progress in the understanding, detection, and treatment of Lyme disease, and to Continues →

Cranial neuropathy and severe pain due to early disseminated Borrelia burgdorferi infection

Published January 23rd, 2018 doi:10.1136/bcr-2017-223307 [CanLyme Note: What is sick about this case report is that this man’s health outcome, which should be an educational source for all is being sold for profit by the British Medical Journal – just as other alleged “esteemed’ medical journals do.  We must stop this institutionalized rape of our personal information.] Summary A 61-year-old man presented Continues →

An Unusual Cluster of Neuroinvasive Lyme Disease Cases Presenting With Bannwarth Syndrome in the Midwest United States

[CanLyme note:  This statement, “Garin-Bujadoux-Bannwarth syndrome (Bannwarth syndrome [BWS]) is an uncommon manifestation of neuroinvasive Lyme disease (LD) caused by infection with members of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato (Bbsl)” indicates BWS in an uncommon manifestation of Lyme disease but may suggest it is a rarely connected manifestation of Lyme borreliosis.] Published: 23 December 2017 Abstract Bannwarth syndrome (BWS), an infrequent manifestation of neuroinvasive Lyme Continues →

Human seroprevalence of Borrelia miyamotoi in Manitoba, Canada, in 2011-2014: a cross-sectional study.

CMAJ Open. 2017 Sep 6;5(3):E690-E693. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20170070. Kadkhoda K, et al Abstract BACKGROUND: Hard tick-borne relapsing fever caused by Borrelia miyamotoi has been reported in Russia, the Netherlands, Germany, Japan and the northeastern and upper midwestern United States. We sought to investigate the presence of B. miyamotoi infection in humans in Manitoba, Canada. METHODS: Two hundred fifty sera collected from residents Continues →

Lyme in the maritimes: Health P.E.I. should re-evaluate efforts at prevention and diagnosis of tick-borne diseases

BY CHRIS ROBINSON [ – Chris Robinson is a health economist / epidemiologist, and former head of Evidence and Risk Assessment Division, Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, Public Health Agency of Canada. He is now retired and living in Cavendish ] January 9th, 2017 published by The Guardian There are no deer on P.E.I. Local public health officials have Continues →