Green party leader calling for na­tional Lyme disease strat­egy

Metro Canada (Ottawa) - - News -

Part of El­iz­a­beth May’s pri­vate mem­ber’s bill, C-442, aims to ad­dress the diagnostic de­fi­ciency that Health Canada ac­knowl­edged in 2012, but the pro­posed leg­is­la­tion won’t be up for de­bate un­til next spring.

The Na­tional Lyme Disease Strat­egy Act calls for on pa­tients with acute in­fec­tion, which is usu­ally eas­ily treated with an­tibi­otics.”

The kit only tests for one strain of Lyme disease, B31, which Cana­dian doc­tors use to con­firm a di­ag­no­sis.

“It’s only a lab­o­ra­tory strain. They should be us­ing strains from the wild and they should be us­ing hu­man­derived strains, not tick-de­rived strains,” said Wil­son.

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