Articles

Lyme Disease in the Limelight

Vernon Morningstar May 2015


Lyme Disease in the Limelight

May is Lyme Disease Awareness month worldwide and media attention has increased significantly.  Avril Lavigne, one of Canada's best known pop singers, recently donned the cover of People magazine announcing that her absence from the music world was due to Lyme disease and that she was bedridden for five months.  She said "I thought I was dying.  I went from doctor to doctor for about eight months until I found somebody that had the knowledge of Lyme disease and the experience of treating it."  Lyme disease reached national headlines last December in Ottawa with the passing in parliament of a bill that called for the development of a comprehensive Lyme disease strategy for Canada.

Read more ...

Lyme Disease

Vernon Morningstar June 2014


Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, a spirochete bacteria.  Woodland ticks pick up the bacteria by biting infected deer, mice and birds, and then pass it on to humans by biting them.  It was first identified in 1975 in Lyme, Connecticut, USA, from where it takes its name.

Read more ...