Tag Archives: Nova Scotia

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 →

Response by Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health relative to Lyme disease comes under serious scrutiny as to it’s relevance to ‘true’ science.

[CanLyme Note:  Dr. Strang’s response below to CanLyme director Rob Murray’s letter from January 2019 (below) demonstrates an alarming lack of the very principle of scientific due diligence that they accuse Lloyd and Hawkins of. In the weeks that it took to respond, no one seems to have bothered to check to see if the Lloyd and Hawkins 2018 paper is Continues →

Lyme disease treatment needs better approach, Conservatives say

Tim Houston and the Progressive Conservatives are urging the province to take a new approach to combating the growing Lyme disease endemic in Nova Scotia. “The province’s focus on prevention is skirting the real issue that people will continue to be bitten by ticks in this province and people are continuing to contract Lyme disease,” said the Progressive Conservative leader. Continues →

Chronicle Herald: COUNTERPOINT: Hitting the wall of denial with chronic Lyme

[CanLyme Note: Robert Strang has been purveyor of misinformation relative to Lyme disease; it’s prevalence, the chronic nature of the disease, and the ability of the bacteria to survive short term antibiotics, for so long and with such an anti-science, pro-opinion bias  see that he is disqualified to represent public health, yet the Nova Scotia government has done nothing to protect it’s Continues →

OPINION: Lyme disease tunnel vision plagues provincial authorities

Nov 3rd, 2018 Chronicle Herald newspaper Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada by Jane Bailey. Re: “Nova Scotia’s health system has a handle on Lyme” (Sept. 18 opinion piece by Dr. Robert Strang). I was appalled at the inaccuracy and inadequacy of the information that he is supplying to Nova Scotians — patients and doctors — about Lyme disease. A 2012 Health Continues →

Woman walks away from wheelchair after recovering from Lyme disease

July 23, 2018 Chronicle Herald by Nikki Sullivan PORT CALEDONIA — Melissa Boutilier knows how quickly life can change after you get Lyme disease and how hard it can be to diagnose it. In July 2015, Boutilier biked around the Cabot Trail for a Heart and Stroke Foundation fundraiser. She was also getting ready to buy her first home and Continues →

Province of Nova Scotia publicly makes false claims regarding Lyme disease.

June 3, 2018 Chronicle Herald – Public health failing to address Lyme disease crisis, says author From the article titled “Public Health failing to address Lyme disease crisis says author” this is a quote … “Heather Fairbairn, a spokeswoman with the province’s public health department, issued a statement to the Herald last week saying in part, that Lyme disease and other Continues →

Nova Scotians continue to be affected by Lyme disease

May 26th, 2018 Virginia Smith will have to wait before finding out whether she’s the victim of another nasty tick infection. On two occasions over the past week, the Weymouth farmer discovered a tick-sucking blood from the very spot on her body, just above her right shoulder blade. She heeded all precautions to avoid contact with the parasites both times Continues →

“She looked like a stroke victim”

[CanLyme Note: How is it that physicians are so under-educated and misinformed on this disease after it being here for so many years? The physician said the symptoms were not classic and were too soon!!! When are our College’s of Physicians and Surgeons, including the provincial and the Royal College going to start acting like responsible, ethical institutions. Time for oversight Continues →

Latest Lyme disease risk map for Nova Scotia

Lyme disease carrying species of ticks, Ixodes scapularis, have been in Nova Scotia for decades There is no part of the province where you are risk free.  This latest risk map … shows areas of greatest risk, moderate risk and lower risk.  Because the ticks are transported by birds such as robins, wrens, finches and other birds there is the Continues →

Halifax: Increasing Threat of Tick-Borne Diseases, Viruses

By Lenny Rowe Halifax town officials are taking steps to raise awareness about tick-borne diseases and viruses. Halifax Health Agent Cathy Drinan and members of the Norwell Visiting Nurse Association gave a presentation last week to inform the public about tick-borne diseases and viruses and the new forms that are spreading rapidly on the South Shore and Cape Cod. Drinan says that there’s Continues →