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Lyme disease in Saskatchewan ticks, and dog ticks can infect Borrelia miyamotoi.

The vast majority of ticks found in Saskatchewan are Dermacentor variabilis (American dog tick), a species not known to be a competent vector of typical Lyme borreliosis (Borrelia burrgdorferi s.l.) to humans.  However, recently Borrelia miyamotoi has been found in Canadian ticks coast to coast. Also, this from Manitoba, Saskatchewan’s next door neighbour. Borrelia miyamotoi causes similar disease in humans to Lyme borreliosis. Needing more Continues →

Bringing Lyme Disease Awareness to SK [Saskatchewan, Canada]

Thursday, 19 April 2018 05:00 WestCentralonline Saskatchewan, Canada by Kelsey Calder Jaime Cobler is raising awareness of Lyme Disease in Saskatchewan, after battling the disease for the past year. Cobler said she found a tick buried into her hip on June 10th, 2017, after working in near the Elrose and Eston area. A week after that, she started having blurred vision, Continues →

Saskatoon women frustrated with provincial testing methods for Lyme disease

Erin Petrow, Saskatoon Starphoenix January 8th, 2018 When Danielle Briske started having severe migrating muscle pain and weakness, plus a variety of other symptoms, doctors kept telling her it was all in her head. As it turned out, Briske had contracted Lyme disease. The diagnosis took months and more than $8,000 to confirm. According to information on Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Health Continues →

Saskatchewan, Canada: Lyme is there and spreading

[CanLyme Note: Lyme disease is not new to Saskatchewan, but it is spreading. Physicians need to be aware and willing to diagnose and, treat clinically based upon the patient response and not a restrictive set of unproven guidelines that limit treatment periods, and they must be able to do so without consequence from their College of Physicians and Surgeons.  Current Continues →

Saskatchewan’s invisible struggle with Lyme disease

Nov, 2015 By Lisa Schick When it comes to Lyme disease in Saskatchewan, those who suffer from it appear to be invisible when it comes to cases reported to the public. Those who do have it live in anguish, like one man who was in so much pain he couldn’t get out of bed, or one woman who was left Continues →

People, Pets, and Parasites: One Health Surveillance in Southeastern Saskatchewan

Abstract   Residents of remote and Indigenous communities might experience higher exposure to some zoonotic parasites than the general North American population. Human sero-surveillance conducted in two Saulteaux communities found 113 volunteers exposed as follows: Trichinella (2.7%), Toxocara canis (4.4%), Echinococcus (4.4%), and Toxoplasma gondii (1.8%). In dogs, 41% of 51 fecal samples were positive for at least one intestinal parasite, 3% Continues →

Babesia odocoilei infection in a Saskatchewan elk (Cervus elaphus canadensis) herd.

An 8-year-old female elk (Cervus elaphus canadensis) cow, presented for chronic severe weight loss and unthriftiness, was diagnosed with Babesia odocoilei infection based on blood smear evaluation, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and DNA sequence analysis. Subsequently, velvet antler from a male that died acutely on the same farm was also PCR positive for Babesia spp. Both animals originated from a game Continues →