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Lyme disease needs same action from province that flawed scans got

David Cubberley, Times Colonist

Published: Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Now scroll over to Lyme disease for a stark contrast. In 2007, a B.C. Centre for Disease Control survey revealed that more than six in 10 doctors don’t know that a patient with a bullseye rash is deemed to have Lyme and should be given antibiotics immediately.

Because of this knowledge gap, an unknown, but possibly large number of patients would have been coming to doctors’ offices with a bulls-eye rash -meaning they have Lyme disease -only to be refused diagnosis.

Or, to be told they have to pass a two-step test, which only four to six people do in all B.C. in a typical year. And if they did test negative, rash notwithstanding, they’d be refused treatment for Lyme forever -no matter how sick they become.

Without treatment, Lyme bacteria rapidly invade internal organs like the brain and heart and make people deathly ill.

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COUNTY – Five Lunenburg County patients are now suddenly panicked six months following tests for Lyme disease that had come back negative.

 Provincial medical officer Dr. Robert Strang said five people from the South Shore were told they did not have Lyme disease, but Health Canada’s lab in Winnipeg had made a mistake and the tests were positive after all.

 A man from Mahone Bay was one of the five South Shore people who received the wrong results. He does not want his name used. In an interview, he said he went to his family physician with a rash on his stomach that seemed to be growing.

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Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg discovered a mistake in 24 test results last month. Of these, 16 people were treated, two never fell sick enough to seek treatment, one is going to get treatment, and there’s no information on the other five.

“There are 24 individuals who we reported out falsely, negative test results,” Dr. Frank Plummer, scientific director of the National Microbiology Laboratory said Thursday from Mexico City. “They should have been reported as positive.”

The people are in Manitoba, Quebec and Nova Scotia, the Public Health Agency of Canada said.

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