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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

Health & Medicine / Infectious Diseases
Top 100 Stories of 2011 #27: Babesia Parasite Taints the Blood Supply?
Blood transfusions have infected 159 patients with the malaria-like parasite.
by Linda Marsa From the January-February special issue; published online January 5, 2012

A report released earlier this year confirmed something that has increasingly concerned public health authorities over the past decade or so: In the last 30 years, blood transfusions caused at least 159 cases of babesiosis, an emerging infectious disease that is normally transmitted by ticks. And the risk may be increasing because the majority of these incidents—77 percent—occurred between 2000 and 2009. Twenty-eight of the patients died soon after their transfusions, and in many cases, the infection may have contributed.
Babesia, a malaria-like parasite that infects red blood cells, “has become the most frequently reported infectious agent transmitted by blood transfusions in the U.S.,” says Barbara Herwaldt, a medical epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who was lead author on the report. And these numbers may represent a small fraction of the actual cases, because babesiosis is often missed or misdiagnosed as malaria or flu.
Once known as Nantucket fever because some of the first cases were reported on the Massachusetts island, Babesia can cause such flulike symptoms as fever, headaches, chills, and drenching sweats. It can be treated with antibiotics. But the tickborne disease can become quite serious or even fatal for patients with weak immune systems—like neonates and infants, the elderly, or people without a spleen—causing anemia, organ failure, and death.

http://m.discovermagazine.com/2012/jan-feb/27

written by Dr. C. Ben Boucher, BSC, MD

What has happened over the past 20 years in the United States, and for a shorter time in Canada, regarding Lyme disease reminds me of what I have experienced in both wellness and chelation therapy. The hesitancy to diagnose and treat, the development of overly strict guidelines, and the intimidation of those who who suspect and would like to treat infections is like déjà vu.

This presentation is intended to inform the public, physicians and media about what I have learned regarding tick-borne diseases. My education has come from articles, books, a workshop by ACAM, and a conference by the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS). More importantly, my education has resulted from listening in great detail to many patients whose lives have been affected by these infections

Read more here:

http://thewellnesscentre.com/PressReleases.aspx