Tick Borne Diseases in Canada (including Lyme, Bartonella, Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, etc.)
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Open Letter - Beyond the Bite: Mother to Baby Lyme Disease requires Urgent Action!

Open Letter - Beyond the Bite: Mother to Baby Lyme Disease requires Urgent Action! | Tick Borne Diseases in Canada (including Lyme, Bartonella, Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, etc.) | Scoop.it
The purpose of this update is to share with you our most recent letter to Public Health Agency of Canada executives and Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas-Taylor. Our December 3, 2018
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Donna Lugar on LinkedIn: "I’m presently working on finalizing details for the 3rd Annual Lyme Information Session in Nova Scotia to take place on Saturday, May 4, 2019. I’m still looking for additi...

Donna Lugar on LinkedIn: "I’m presently working on finalizing details for the 3rd Annual Lyme Information Session in Nova Scotia to take place on Saturday, May 4, 2019. I’m still looking for additi... | Tick Borne Diseases in Canada (including Lyme, Bartonella, Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, etc.) | Scoop.it
November 30, 2018: Donna Lugar posted an article on LinkedIn
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A systematic review on the impact of gestational Lyme disease in humans on the fetus and newborn

A systematic review on the impact of gestational Lyme disease in humans on the fetus and newborn | Tick Borne Diseases in Canada (including Lyme, Bartonella, Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, etc.) | Scoop.it
Lyme disease (LD), caused by bacteria of the Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato species complex, is the most common vector-borne disease in North America and Europe. A systematic review (SR) was conducted to summarize the global literature on adverse birth outcomes associated with gestational LD in humans. The SR followed an a priori protocol of pretested screening, risk of bias, and data extraction forms. Data were summarized descriptively and random effects meta-analysis (MA) was used where appropriate. The SR identified 45 relevant studies, 29 describing 59 cases reported as gestational LD in the United States, Europe, and Asia (1969–2017). Adverse birth outcomes included spontaneous miscarriage or fetal death (n = 12), newborn death (n = 8), and newborns with an abnormal outcome (e.g. hyperbilirubinemia, respiratory distress and syndactyly) at birth (n = 16). Only one report provided a full case description (clinical manifestations in the mother, negative outcome for the child, and laboratory detection of B. burgdorferi in the child) that provides some evidence for vertical transmission of B. burgdorferi that has negative consequences for the fetus. The results of 17 epidemiological studies are included in this SR. Prevalence of adverse birth outcomes in an exposed population (defined by the authors as: gestational LD, history of LD, tick bites or residence in an endemic area) was compared to that in an unexposed population in eight studies and no difference was reported. A meta-analysis of nine studies showed significantly fewer adverse birth outcomes in women reported to have been treated for gestational LD (11%, 95%CI 7–16) compared to those who were not treated during pregnancy (50%, 95%CI 30–70) providing indirect evidence of an association between gestational LD and adverse birth outcomes. Other risk factors investigated; trimester of exposure, length of LD during pregnancy, acute vs. disseminated LD at diagnosis, and symptomatic LD vs. seropositive women with no LD symptoms during pregnancy were not significantly associated with adverse birth outcomes. This SR summarizes evidence from case studies that provide some limited evidence for transplacental transmission of B. burgdorferi. There was inconsistent evidence for adverse birth outcomes of gestational LD in the epidemiological research, and uncommon adverse outcomes for the fetus may occur as a consequence of gestational LD. The global evidence does not fully characterize the potential impact of gestational LD, and future research that addresses the knowledge gaps may change the findings in this SR. Given the current evidence; prompt diagnosis and treatment of LD during pregnancy is recommended.
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Chronic Lyme Biofilm —

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I was looking for info on Manuka honey and Lyme and this popped up. An interesting read.
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Healthcare | Free Full-Text | Extensive Distribution of the Lyme Disease Bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi Sensu Lato, in Multiple Tick Species Parasitizing Avian and Mammalian Hosts across Canada | ...

Healthcare | Free Full-Text | Extensive Distribution of the Lyme Disease Bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi Sensu Lato, in Multiple Tick Species Parasitizing Avian and Mammalian Hosts across Canada | ... | Tick Borne Diseases in Canada (including Lyme, Bartonella, Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, etc.) | Scoop.it
Lyme disease, caused by the spirochetal bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato (Bbsl), is typically transmitted by hard-bodied ticks (Acari: Ixodidae). Whenever this tick-borne zoonosis is mentioned in medical clinics and emergency rooms, it sparks a firestorm of controversy. Denial often sets in, and healthcare practitioners dismiss the fact that this pathogenic spirochetosis is present in their area. For distribution of Bbsl across Canada, we conducted a 4-year, tick–host study (2013–2016), and collected ticks from avian and mammalian hosts from Atlantic Canada to the West Coast. Overall, 1265 ticks representing 27 tick species belonging to four genera were collected. Of the 18 tick species tested, 15 species (83%) were positive for Bbsl and, of these infected ticks, 6 species bite humans. Overall, 13 of 18 tick species tested are human-biting ticks. Our data suggest that a 6-tick, enzootic maintenance cycle of Bbsl is present in southwestern B.C., and five of these tick species bite humans. Biogeographically, the groundhog tick, Ixodes cookei, has extended its home range from central and eastern Canada to southwestern British Columbia (B.C.). We posit that the Fox Sparrow, Passerella iliaca, is a reservoir-competent host for Bbsl. The Bay-breasted Warbler, Setophaga castanea, and the Tennessee Warbler, Vermivora peregrina, are new host records for the blacklegged tick, Ixodes scapularis. We provide the first report of a Bbsl-positive Amblyomma longirostre larva parasitizing a bird; this bird parasitism suggests that a Willow Flycatcher is a competent reservoir of Bbsl. Our findings show that Bbsl is present in all provinces, and that multiple tick species are implicated in the enzootic maintenance cycle of this pathogen. Ultimately, Bbsl poses a serious public health contagion Canada-wide.
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Benefit to help Sydenham man suffering from Lyme disease

Benefit to help Sydenham man suffering from Lyme disease | Tick Borne Diseases in Canada (including Lyme, Bartonella, Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, etc.) | Scoop.it
Once was a time when local drummer Gary Paquin played the skins six nights a week, virtually year-round, and made a decent living performing with local bands and touring with name bands such as Matt Minglewood and the late Terry Sumsion.
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All these people that are diagnosed with Lyme and then end up being diagnosed with Parkinson’s, MS, ALS, etc. When will there be sufficient research to determine why? Is it still Lyme? Does the bacteria impact the immune system so that you are vulnerable to other things? Was it MS, ALS, Parkinson’s, etc., all along, not Lyme? Where is the research?
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Health unit warns of tick dangers in Simcoe County | CTV Barrie News

Health unit warns of tick dangers in Simcoe County | CTV Barrie News | Tick Borne Diseases in Canada (including Lyme, Bartonella, Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, etc.) | Scoop.it
Winter may be approaching, but health officials say this is still the season for ticks and the diseases they carry.
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Fundraiser by K W : Treatment For Lyme Disease

Fundraiser by K W : Treatment For Lyme Disease | Tick Borne Diseases in Canada (including Lyme, Bartonella, Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, etc.) | Scoop.it
K W needs your help today! Treatment For Lyme Disease - In 2013, I was bitten by a tick and contracted Lyme Disease, which resulted in Lyme carditis, hospitalization, and a 31 day treatment of doxycycline.  It was a traumatic, near death experience, that could have been prevented with a simple blood test, and a quick course of antibiotics. Bu
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I met this young lady at a meeting with the Nova Scotia Minister of Health a few years ago. Nobody should have to go through this in Canada.
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Fundraiser by Paris Chute : Help for Hailey Kane

Fundraiser by Paris Chute : Help for Hailey Kane | Tick Borne Diseases in Canada (including Lyme, Bartonella, Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, etc.) | Scoop.it
Paris Chute needs your help today! Help for Hailey Kane - Hailey is a 17 year old who loves baking and playing piano and singing. She also has a flair for drama and has acted in a number of stage plays, often with her Dad acting in the same play...... But Hailey is very sick. On July 3rd she was rushed to Halifax by ambulance and is battling an acut
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I just heard that Hailey lost her battle yesterday. Although it was never officially determined, as far as I know anyway, that her heart issues were as a result of Lyme or Tick borne diseases, it certainly could have been. Please help out the family if you can. It has been a long, hard road, with an ending that no parent should have to go through.
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Canadian Lyme disease patient groups united in rejecting the ‘one research network only’ concept of the federal government | CanLyme – Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation

Canadian Lyme disease patient groups united in rejecting the ‘one research network only’ concept of the federal government | CanLyme – Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation | Tick Borne Diseases in Canada (including Lyme, Bartonella, Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, etc.) | Scoop.it
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LighthouseNow: Patients in Lunenburg to be recruited for new national Lyme disease research project

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OPINION: How to avoid Lyme disease while ticks are hungry in the fall | Opinion | The Chronicle Herald

OPINION: How to avoid Lyme disease while ticks are hungry in the fall | Opinion | The Chronicle Herald | Tick Borne Diseases in Canada (including Lyme, Bartonella, Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, etc.) | Scoop.it

Fall has arrived. This is the season that transforms our forests with a beautiful display of colour and fills our kitchens with the smell of pumpkin pie and apple cider. It also brings something far less pleasant to our forests and hiking trails
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Avril Lavigne's 'Head Above Water' T-Shirt Helps The Fight Against Lyme Disease

Avril Lavigne's 'Head Above Water' T-Shirt Helps The Fight Against Lyme Disease | Tick Borne Diseases in Canada (including Lyme, Bartonella, Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, etc.) | Scoop.it
Avril Lavigne is continuing to bring awareness to Lyme Disease through The Avril Lavigne Foundation with exclusive, charitable t-shirts.
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Garlic oil effective at fighting bacteria that causes Lyme disease: study | CTV News

Garlic oil effective at fighting bacteria that causes Lyme disease: study | CTV News | Tick Borne Diseases in Canada (including Lyme, Bartonella, Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, etc.) | Scoop.it
Essential oils of garlic and myrrh show strong activity against the bacterium that causes Lyme disease, according to a study conducted at Johns Hopkins University.
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Pétition · CHEO - The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario: Change Hospital Policy on Lyme! ·

Pétition · CHEO - The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario: Change Hospital Policy on Lyme! · | Tick Borne Diseases in Canada (including Lyme, Bartonella, Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, etc.) | Scoop.it
CHEO - The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario: Change Hospital Policy on Lyme!
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Ottawa man alleges doctors failed to diagnose Lyme disease | CBC News

Ottawa man alleges doctors failed to diagnose Lyme disease | CBC News | Tick Borne Diseases in Canada (including Lyme, Bartonella, Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, etc.) | Scoop.it
An Ottawa man who says he's living with the pain and other debilitating symptoms of Lyme disease is suing two doctors who he claims failed to diagnose or treat his illness.
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man suing two doctors for failing to 'diagnose and treat' Lyme disease | CTV News

An Ottawa man is suing for half a million dollars claiming his Lyme disease wasn’t properly diagnosed or treated. Two local doctors are at the heart of the case; the first of its kind in Canada.
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Canadian Frank Papineau sues physicians Dr. Pablo Romero-Sierra, Dr. Johnny Brisebois and Kemptville District Hospital in Ontario Superior court. Trial to start November 26th, 2018 | CanLyme – Cana...

Canadian Frank Papineau sues physicians Dr. Pablo Romero-Sierra, Dr. Johnny Brisebois and Kemptville District Hospital in Ontario Superior court. Trial to start November 26th, 2018 | CanLyme – Cana... | Tick Borne Diseases in Canada (including Lyme, Bartonella, Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, etc.) | Scoop.it
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LETTER: Health unit wrong about climate change impact on ticks: scientist

LETTER: Health unit wrong about climate change impact on ticks: scientist | Tick Borne Diseases in Canada (including Lyme, Bartonella, Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, etc.) | Scoop.it
'Public awareness increases the number of ticks reported to the health unit, not the effects of any climate change,' says expert
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OPINION: Lyme disease tunnel vision plagues provincial authorities | Opinion | The Chronicle Herald

OPINION: Lyme disease tunnel vision plagues provincial authorities | Opinion | The Chronicle Herald | Tick Borne Diseases in Canada (including Lyme, Bartonella, Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, etc.) | Scoop.it

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
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Health unit issues warning after blacklegged ticks found in Simcoe County - Barrie | Globalnews.ca

Health unit issues warning after blacklegged ticks found in Simcoe County - Barrie | Globalnews.ca | Tick Borne Diseases in Canada (including Lyme, Bartonella, Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, etc.) | Scoop.it
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) is warning residents after blacklegged ticks were located in Simcoe County.
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Fundraiser Saturday for 7-year-old with Lyme disease

Fundraiser Saturday for 7-year-old with Lyme disease | Tick Borne Diseases in Canada (including Lyme, Bartonella, Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, etc.) | Scoop.it
It was Easter weekend. And the parents of a seven-year-old boy were scared. He had been a medical mystery all his life and this time they were driving him home once again into the unknown.
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NSHA Research In Progress

Research In Progress is the online news hub for researchers & staff at NSHA
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Don’t Be Fooled By Fall – Stay Vigilant Against Ticks, Lyme Disease - Region of Peel

BRAMPTON, ON. (October 24, 2018) – Fall is a beautiful season to spend time in parks and green spaces across the Region of Peel. While outdoors, residents are reminded that a little prevention can go a long way to protect against blacklegged
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READER'S CORNER: Liquidating Lyme | Letter-To-The-Editor | Opinion | The Chronicle Herald

READER'S CORNER: Liquidating Lyme | Letter-To-The-Editor | Opinion | The Chronicle Herald | Tick Borne Diseases in Canada (including Lyme, Bartonella, Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, etc.) | Scoop.it

Your Oct. 22 editorial on Lyme disease begins to highlight the issue for this potentially debilitating disease. But the only reliable way to diagnose it is for doctors to listen to patients describe their symptoms, and for MDs to know what Lyme
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