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Summer is officially here, and health organizations are putting out warnings about Lyme disease. In recent years, Lyme disease has become more prevalent in southern Ontario, which is quite concerning.
In previous blog posts, we have discussed what Lyme disease is, the symptoms, the treatment and prevention tips.
The federal government recently announced that they would allocate $4 million towards Lyme disease research, establishing a Lyme disease research network and developed a framework to improve diagnosis and treatment of the disease. The framework focuses on 3 areas which involve launching a national medical surveillance program, developing and distributing standardized educational materials for public health care providers and establishing procedures for prevention, identification, treatment and management for sharing best practices throughout Canada.
Public health researchers are finding that climate change is responsible for an increase in Lyme disease in Canada. Ticks carrying Lyme disease have been found in in southern, northwestern, eastern Ontario, Manitoba, southern Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
The University of Guelph received a $1.4 million donation and is setting up a new research laboratory dedicated to improving testing of Lyme disease. The hope is that the new lab will also find ways to treat the disease and determine the best course of intervention. As this article explains, there are two stages to Lyme disease testing, the ELISA test and Western blot test, but the second test does not always confirm the results of the first test, even though Lyme disease may be present. It seems that Lyme disease has been underreported and therefore many people are left untreated/undertreated.
This is important to consider as many people who continue to have symptoms will then seek testing outside of Canada to confirm a diagnosis and so they can receive treatment.
It should be noted that even when Lyme disease has been identified early and with treatment, some people do develop new symptoms after they receive treatment.
You may heard of the terms “acute” and “chronic” used to describe stages of Lyme disease. There has been some concern regarding the use of the diagnosis, “chronic Lyme disease” to describe a condition that seems to be a persistent type of Lyme disease. It has been found that people have suffered severe infections and unpleasant side effects after being treated for “chronic Lyme disease”. The issue at hand is that there is no test for chronic Lyme disease and there have been no proven treatments for it.
According to this article, infectious diseases specialists and doctors at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) do not use that term. In a new report from CDC doctors, it seems that the term is being used by alternative medical professionals who tend to treat with prolonged courses of antibiotics when conventional doctors have not been able to treat symptoms such as fatigue, pain and neurological problems. Prolonged use of antibiotics is harmful (due to dangerous infections that can develop) and doctors recommend that people who have been diagnosed with or treated for chronic Lyme disease consider getting a second opinion to be assessed for other conditions. The report explains that the term chronic Lyme disease sparks controversy because it implies that the bacteria causing Lyme disease is persisting in the patient’s body after being treated, but that may not be the case. The lingering symptoms after antibiotics are completed are attributed to a condition called “post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome” (PTLDS). The cause of PTLDS is unknown but thought to be related to an immune system reaction.
Lyme disease can have a variety of symptoms, some of which can be severe if left untreated. The symptoms of Lyme disease can interfere with your day to day life and ability to function, including your ability to work.
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