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Map of Lyme disease risk in the U.S.
For three years, more than 80 tick hunters combed sites throughout much of the U.S. with corduroy cloths to trap the insects. They were on the lookout for the black legged tick Ixodes scapularis. It is the main carrier of the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.
This new map reflects their findings and pinpoints areas of the Eastern United States where humans have the highest risk of contracting Lyme disease.
So far in Canada, Lyme disease has become established in parts of southern and southeastern Quebec, southern and eastern Ontario, southeastern Manitoba, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia as well as much of southern British Columbia.
Source: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2012/02/02/lyme-disease-tick-map.html?cmp=rss

Jan 18, 2012

WHITBY — The last place Lesley Barnes expected her son to be put at risk of contracting a serious illness was at his school.

But that’s exactly what happened on Nov. 23 when Jack, 8, was bitten by a tick in a field near Julie Payette Public School on Garden Street in Whitby.
“I knew it was a tick as soon as I got up close to it,” says Ms. Barnes, who was volunteering in her son’s class when she noticed a bump on the back of his neck after recess.

See full story:

http://www.durhamregion.com/iphone/news/article/1266554–boy-bitten-by-tick-in-field-near-whitby-school

…follow James progress as he raises awareness in Canada…. have a peak at his blog… it’s great !!

http://cycleforlyme.com/progress.htm

 

Chelsey Livingstone and her mom, Angela Rector, organize the many pills Chelsey needs each day as she battles Lyme disease. It’s a costly process that could take from one to three years. Jennifer Vardy Little – The News
Published on May 26, 2011

 

Mom blames poor tests that failed to diagnose Lyme disease

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Department of Health , Sutherlands River , Ontario , Port Hawkesbury

SUTHERLANDS RIVER – For 8 1/2 years, Angela Rector brought her daughter to doctor after doctor, looking for answers.

Chelsey Livingstone, 11, lives in pain. She describes joints that ache so badly it keeps her up at night and a sharp pain in her stomach.

“It feels like someone’s stabbing me in my belly,” she says softly.

From the time she was a small child, she’d call out to her mother as she lay in bed at night, and in the time it took Rector to get across the hallway, she’d find Chelsey lying there, staring unresponsively at the ceiling with blue lips. Doctors thought she had epilepsy at first, but ruled that out, instead calling the nightly events “episodes.”

Doctors didn’t believe Chelsey when she said how bad the pain was, either.

“You know how they always ask how bad the pain is on a scale of one to 10? She’d say a 15, and they said that was impossible,” said Rector.

She was tested for rheumatoid arthritis, bladder infections, Crohn’s and irritable bowel, but all the possibilities were rejected. Eventually, says Rector, physicians at the IWK suggested it was all in Chelsey’s head and gave her a book on ways to cut back her stress levels.

Rector wasn’t willing to give up, however. All along, she begged the doctors to consider Lyme disease. When Chelsey was just 2 1/2, the family was living in Borden, Ont., and Rector believed her daughter had been bitten by a tick.

See Story here:

http://www.ngnews.ca/News/Local/2011-05-26/article-2538390/Child’s-illness-mystifies-doctors/1

By Sara Ross, The Packet & Times

“If diagnosed (with Lyme dis-ease) right off the bat, it would have been two weeks of antibi-otics and everything would have been fine,” Raven said.

Instead, she faced two years of hell.

Shortly after the bite, the first symptom set in: fatigue.

“Before that I was a really, really active person. I walked the dog three times a day, played indoor soccer, mixed baseball,” Raven said. “I can’t do that any-more.”

Then the blackouts started.

“I could be walking from one room to the other and the next thing I know, I’m laying on the couch,” Raven said.

She couldn’t remember simple things and was unable to form full sentences.

She dry-heaved constantly

Read more here:

http://www.orilliapacket.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?archive=true&e=2877130

This billboard was recently errected on the outskirts of Blenheim, Ontario. Way to go Chatham-Kent Public Health! Reduce the risk, target ticks!

Uploading pictures soon of our Bedford, Nova Scotia signs…. !!!

 March 2010

Critics and Lyme disease sufferers say their illness isn’t taken seriously enough and the ‘ignorance’ and ‘arrogance’ of Canadian health agencies has driven them to desperation.

http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/WFive/20091113/w5_lyme_091114/