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Lyme Disease Is On The Rise—And Climate Change Is To Blame

Chatelaine – by Zeahaa Rehman April 25th, 2023 “Maggie McColl first heard the joke about Lyme disease at a public talk about the illness in 2008. “The good news is, you’re not going to die,” she chuckles. “And the bad news is, you’re not going to die.” McColl, based in Nanaimo, B.C., first experienced symptoms of…

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Identification of an unusual cluster of human granulocytic anaplasmosis in the Estrie region, Québec, Canada in 2021

Abstract Background: Human granulocytic anaplasmosis (HGA) is a potentially severe tick-borne infection caused by the bacterium Anaplasma phagocytophilum (A. phagocytophilum) of the genus Rickettsia. Here, we describe the epidemiological and clinical characteristics of an unusual cluster of HGA cases detected in the Estrie region in Québec, Canada, during the 2021 transmission season. Methods: Confirmed cases…

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Anaplasmosis: An emerging tick-borne disease of importance in Canada

Abstract Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis (HGA) is an infection caused by the intracellular bacterium Anaplasma phagocytophilum. As a tick-borne disease, the public health impact of HGA continues to increase with range expansion of the disease vector. The clinical presentation of HGA is often a non-specific febrile illness. The presence of leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, and mild hepatic injury are frequently noted…

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Don’t throw away that deer tick. Researchers at Mount Allison want to study it

CBC News: June 12, 2022 Study may help reduce the risk of humans contracting Lyme disease When most Maritimers find a tick on themselves or their animals, their first instinct is to pull it off and destroy it. But researchers at Mount Allison University are trying to get people to send those ticks their way…

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Experts expect bad year for ticks as disease-carrying bugs expand range in Canada

Lyndsay Armstrong, The Canadian Press HALIFAX — The prevalence of ticks that can carry Lyme disease is expected to be higher than ever in much of Canada this year, researchers say. Vett Lloyd, a researcher and director of the Lloyd Tick Lab at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, says that as the impacts of…

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Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia miyamotoi in Atlantic Canadian wildlife

Abstract Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia miyamotoi are tick-vectored zoonotic pathogens maintained in wildlife species. Tick populations are establishing in new areas globally in response to climate change and other factors. New Brunswick is a Canadian maritime province at the advancing front of tick population establishment and has seen increasing numbers of ticks carrying B. burgdorferi, and more recently B. miyamotoi. Further, it…

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Another tragic case of denial and mismanagement of Lyme disease in Ontario using knowingly inaccurate tests to deny diagnosis and treatment.

“From the outside, twenty-eight-year-old Jason Bailey from Ontario seemed to have it made. Born in Brampton, he moved with his mother and younger brother to Orillia after his parents separated. One of two boys raised by a single parent, Jason had your typical Canadian childhood full of outdoor activities and competitive sports. He played AAA…

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Canada: Interactive maps developed to track data on ticks

“With the arrival of spring and warmer weather the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation (CanLyme) is hoping you will give some consideration to the spread of Lyme disease and the ticks that carry it. May is Lyme disease awareness month. Reliable statistics are not yet available in Canada but a recent American study by the U.S….

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New podcast: Past, Present and Future of Lyme Disease in Canada with Jim Wilson of CanLyme

In today’s podcast, Sarah is joined by Jim Wilson, founder and President of CanLyme — the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation. After contracting Lyme disease 30 years ago in Nova Scotia, Canada, Jim dedicated his time and energy to improving the lives of Lyme patients and their families, helping to bring a balanced perspective of Lyme…

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Canada’s CTV investigative reporting show W5 explores Lyme disease: Bitten

Nov. 21, 2020 W5 TV show delves into Lyme disease and the lack of proper diagnostics and treatment in Canada. Patients stories are told and important issues are discussed that can affect most Canadians either by themselves, family or friends in the coming years. Watch Bitten

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[CanLyme Note: In Canada the percentage of people who have a rash with Lyme disease is much lower than stated. This dissemination of inappropriate information on the incidence of the rash leads to the under-detection of Lyme disease in Canada as seen in this research.] ————————- “The incidence of an erythema migrans (EM) rash, a definitive…

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CanLyme board member gives informative interview on radio

CanLyme board member Shelley Ball is interviewed on radio in Ontario. Discusses a broad range of topics including addressing the discrimination chronic Lyme disease patients face in a very controlled medical system dominated by those who chose to ignore science. Listen Here

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New Podcast: Dr. Ralph Hawkins shares his medical expertise and hands on experience diagnosing and treating Lyme disease

September 1st, 2020 Dr. Hawkins has been treating Lyme patients in Canada for many years, gaining a wealth of knowledge about the disease. He recounts his introduction to the shortcomings of Lyme disease testing in Canada while treating a patient with a history of multiple previous tick bites, many common symptoms of Lyme disease, but…

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Lyme disease is steeped in controversy. Now some doctors are too afraid to treat patients

We missed this article from 2018 so are posting it now as it is as relevant today as it was two years ago (see also Overruled) … “Fri., Dec. 14, 2018 Bruce Shilton’s crippling fatigue left him bedridden for six months. Sue Faber was so forgetful, she couldn’t remember her daughters’ birthdates. And Andrea Smith’s…

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Fatal Lyme carditis presenting as fluctuating high-grade atrioventricular block

RE: Lyme carditis and neuroborreliosis Edward J Cormode [MD, FRCP], Retired paediatrician, Canadian Medical Association The three cases presented in the “Practice “section of the May 25, 2020 CMAJ provide an informative discussion of the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme carditis and neuroborreliosis in a tertiary care centre. I am a retired Ontario pediatrician and coroner, having practiced for…