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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

You Surely Can Die Of Lyme Disease
Published: July 19, 1995
To the Editor:
Your report on the outbreak of human granulocytic ehrlichiosis in the Northeast (“A New Lethal Illness Carried by Ticks Is Identified,” July 12) contains the astonishing assertion about Lyme disease by Federal officials that they have been unable to “document a single death out of tens of thousands of cases of Lyme.” They aren’t looking very hard; fatalities unequivocally attributed to Lyme disease appear in the peer-reviewed medical literature.
A 1988 paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported a case in which a previously healthy Pennsylvania woman died of adult respiratory distress syndrome secondary to Lyme disease only months after having been infected with the Lyme spirochete. On autopsy, spirochetes were visualized in her lymphatic tissue. At the end of the report, the authors urged physicians “to consider the multisystemic features of Lyme disease and to recognize its lethal potential.”
A Lyme disease death due to heart failure was described in a 1985 case report published in The Annals of Internal Medicine. Spirochetes were present in the patient’s myocardium on autopsy.

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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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MONTREAL – In late July 2002, Westmount resident Maureen McShane was doing some weeding at her cottage in St. Donat.

“I reached behind my knee to wipe some sweat off of my leg when I felt something behind the knee. I pinched off a tiny object, about the size of a poppy seed, and it fell out of my fingers into the dirt.”

Thinking nothing of it, she continued working in the flower bed.

“That day in the garden, was to become the start of my descent into … a living hell,” the 56-year-old physician said.

“About two weeks later, I awoke with a horrible pain in all my joints. I had neck stiffness, and my muscles hurt. Six weeks later, I had facial and eye twitching and a number of other odd symptoms. It only got worse from there and I soon had chills, sweats and brain fog. I couldn’t think clearly and lost my memory moments after I said something. I couldn’t sleep.”

By Robert Galbraith, Special to the Gazette   May 9, 2010

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