KELOWNA, BC, Dec. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation,
a registered charitable organization, is pleased to announce that it
has made a donation of $304,000 to the G Magnotta Foundation for Vector
Borne Diseases, Ontario, Canada.
The donation will be used primarily for a human tissue research program
being developed in conjunction with the Humber River Hospital, Toronto,
Canada. Research will entail studying tissue and fluid from various
patient groups whose symptoms mirror Lyme Disease.
Approximately 2 million Canadians are diagnosed with conditions of
unknown origin including multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease,
chronic fatigue syndrome/ME, fibromyalgia, Parkinson's disease and
other conditions that share symptoms with Lyme Disease. We know that a
percentage of these are in fact Lyme Disease, or triggered by Lyme
Disease. This research program will aide in understanding what that
Many Canadians have been diagnosed with one of these diseases of unknown origins only to find out
later that their illness was Lyme Disease all along. Treatment for Lyme
Disease followed, and their quality of life improved greatly, allowing
many to get out of wheelchairs, get out of bed, return to work, return
to school, and enjoy life again.
As reported by Health Canada in October 2012, current tests used in
Canada to test for Lyme Disease are incapable of detecting many of the
bacterial strains that causes Lyme Disease. In order to understand the
prevalence of the bacterium in the human population, researchers will
employ various technologies, including advanced DNA sequencing
techniques, microscopy, and serology.
In August 2013, in a press release by the United States Center for
Disease Control, it was indicated that they have been inadvertently
under-reporting Lyme Disease for decades; instead of the approximately
30,000 cases reported annually, the real incidence is estimated to be
closer to 300,000 cases annually. Most cases are within a few hundred
miles of the Canadian border, suggesting that Canada likewise has a
serious, under-recognized problem and the Canadian Lyme Disease
Foundation has been emphasizing this for a decade.
This new research program will help give Canadians a better
understanding of the impact tick-borne disease is having on the health
The Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation has also now released its venture
grant policy for students and researchers. Grants of up to ten
thousand dollars are offered to qualified applicants.
The Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation was founded in 2003 by Jim Wilson.
The mission of the foundation is to promote awareness, education, and
research into tick borne diseases.
Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection acquired from tick attachments,
and is endemic in all provinces of Canada. Migratory birds, like
robins, finches, and other passerine birds carry the disease in their
blood and transport the ticks, depositing them randomly across the
Lyme Disease is the fastest growing infectious disease in the Northern
Hemisphere. In August the United States published a press release
stating they have been under-reporting cases of Lyme Disease by a
factor of ten, putting estimate annual cases at 300,000. Canada has a
similar situation of under-reporting and the cost to our health care
system is enormous.
If caught early Lyme Disease can normally be dealt with by a few weeks
of antibiotics, but once it becomes disseminated throughout the body
treatment is much more difficult and can require long-term
antibiotics. Unfortunately, in Canada, early diagnosis is uncommon in
part because doctors are told that the overly emphasized bull's eye
rash occurs much more frequently than it does. Current research
suggests that only a small subset of the Lyme bacteria will cause a
rash of any kind.
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For further information:
Jim Wilson, President, Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation 250-768-0978 firstname.lastname@example.org
David Cubberley, Director, Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation 250-818-1129 email@example.com
Janet Sperling, Director, Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation, 780-432-0714 firstname.lastname@example.org