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Western Nova Scotia’s rate of Lyme disease among highest in North America

[CanLyme Note: What is missing is a transparent collaborative plan to track patients who are only given a single dose prophylactic antibiotic following a tick bite. CanLyme has dealt with numerous individuals who went on to develop a full-blown Lyme infection after receiving the prophylactic dose only then to be denied further appropriate treatment. Collaboration must…

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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 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ttbdis.2018.01.018 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…

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Parliamentarians convene bi-partisan panel to address Lyme disease

The illness could affect 10,000 Canadians by 2020. [per year] [CanLyme suggests we are possibly there already.]   PUBLISHED : Wednesday, May 25, 2016 12:00 AM Karen Ludwig heard it disturbingly frequently on the campaign trail last summer: constituents complaining of an obscure, little-understood illness that left painful and occasionally debilitating symptoms, and perplexed local…

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Popular on 630 CHED radio, the Ryan Jespersen show interviews CanLyme director Janet Sperling and Edmonton area support group founder Kim Spears

You can listen here at https://www.630ched.com/audio-vault/ Select May 25th, 9 am, then drag the scroll bar to 8:55 for the beginning of the Lyme talk.

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CBC News Montreal: Reported cases of Lyme disease on the rise in Montreal

May 19th, 2016 Arlene Rill knows all about the dangers of Lyme disease. The 65-year-old resident of Hampstead, Que., says she was bitten by an infected tick in Montreal in 2014 and has suffered debilitating arthritis-like symptoms ever since. “One tick can take away your life,” the retired schoolteacher says, and it’s a message she’s now working to spread. Rill…

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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…

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Fredericton Lyme disease support group wants better testing

Alison Chiasson, CBC News July 10th, 2015 Fredericton area residents struggle with symptoms, treatment and diagnosis Joy Pitre says New Brunswick clinicians failed to diagnose Lyme disease when she was struggling to determine what the cause of her rapidly deteriorating health was after a tick bite in 2003. She says she has since spent more…

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Distinguishing Lyme from septic knee monoarthritis in Lyme disease-endemic areas

Deanehan JK, Tan Tanny SP, Milewski MD, Talusan PG, Smith BG, Nigrovic LE, Division of Emergency Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital andHarvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA Abstract OBJECTIVE: Because Lyme and septic arthritis may present similarly, we sought to identify children with knee monoarthritis at low risk for septic arthritis who may not require arthrocentesis. METHODS: We…

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Evolving Perspectives on Lyme Borreliosis in Canada

J.L.H. Sperling1,2, M.J. Middelveen2, D. Klein3, and F.A.H. Sperling*,1 1Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada 2Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation, West Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada 3Department of Family Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada Abstract: With cases now documented in every province, Lyme borreliosis (LB) is emerging as a serious public health risk…

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Vancouver, BC: 8th Annual LDF International Scientific Conference on Lyme Borreliosis and other Spirochetal and Tick-borne Diseases: with an emphasis on Mechanisms of Lyme Borreliosis Persistency

1995 International Lyme Disease Conference, Vancouver, BC   Opening… John  Millar, MD – Provincial Health Officer, British Columbia Diane Kindree, BSN – Lyme Borreliosis Society of British Columbia Martina H. Ziska, MD – Lyme Disease Foundation James Katzel, MD Ukiah Valley Medical Center No abstract available James H. Oliver, Jr., PhD Callaway Professor of Biology, Director, Institute…