Lyme group feels let down after Somers’ presentation

PICTOU — Members of a Lyme disease support group say they are not happy with a recent presentation by a medical health officer. Dr. Ryan Sommers, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s medical health officer for Northern Nova Scotia, addressed Pictou County Municipal Council’s recent finance committee meeting. But Lyme advocate Amy Hayne said she questions some...

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May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month

To the Editor: May is Lyme Disease Awareness month. There is much yet to be understood and discovered about Lyme, ie Borrelia, and co-infections carried by ticks and other vectors. A vector-borne illness, ie Lyme, could be the root cause of a condition you may have been told you have. Lyme is called the great...

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Rotarians hear Lyme warning

NEW GLASGOW — Members of the Rotary Club of New Glasgow listened intently as Brenda Sterling-Goodwin spoke about Lyme disease from which she and others she knows are suffering. She addressed a lunchtime meeting the club conducts each Tuesday at Summer Street Industries. She shared her experiences with finally being diagnosed with Lyme disease years...

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Not Lyme disease – then what?

To the Editor: We have been told by the health care system that Lyme disease is hard to catch and easy to treat. In Canada they follow the outdated IDSA Infectious Disease Society of America guideline (guideline are just guidelines, they are not etched in stone) that have not changed since 2006; much in the...

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Ticks are out in full force

To the Editor: According to the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness, now ALL of Nova Scotia is classed as endemic for blacklegged ticks and if people are outdoors they are at risk for Lyme disease. There are still areas of higher risk and unfortunately, Pictou County is one of the high risk areas....

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Ticks are everywhere

To the Editor: The fine weather is finally here and people and their pets are outdoors more. I have contacted several veterinary clinics to find that they are seeing animals almost daily with ticks. There has not been a week this past year that someone has not contacted me looking for information or who has...

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