In Ottawa, where more than half of the ticks tested in some neighbourhoods carry the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, the public-health unit no longer bothers to test ticks because it's assumed they carry the illness.
The federal government is pouring $4 million into the country’s first-ever Lyme disease framework – a timely investment as cases of Lyme disease have shot up across the country over the past few years.
A Calgary doctor is raising concerns about the way Lyme disease is treated in Alberta. The guideline for treating Lyme disease is three weeks of antibiotics. However, Hawkins said some of his patients are on antibiotics for up to a year.
Canadian patients may be receiving false-positive Lyme disease test results from U.S. labs as often as 50 per cent of the time, according to a new paper published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.