At our August 22nd meeting with then Minister of Health Jane Philpott and Dr. Theresa Tam (Chief Public Health Officer and also a Pediatric Infectious Disease physician), we presented them with a copy of the literature we have gathered on congenital (mother to child) Lyme transmission - to ensure that all literature including congenital case-studies, pathology reports and Chapter 11 written by Dr Tessa Gardner (Pediatric ID doctor) in Remington and Klein's Infectious Diseases of the Fetus and Newborn Infant - a medical reference textbook - 5th edition from 2001 is included in the Public Health Agency of Canada's current literature review on congenital transmission. We had given a hard-copy of this textbook directing to the Standing Health Committee for Parliamentary record.
Sue Faber had spoken directly to her concerns around congenital transmission when she was invited to speak as a witness in front of the Parliamentary Standing Health Committee study of the Federal Lyme Framework. Sue's speech here: https://youtu.be/-gByuqmZBNk
We look forward to ongoing collaboration and transparency with Public Health Agency of Canada regarding our serious concerns around congenital transmission. We believe this alternate mode of transmission needs to be urgently recognized, researched and acknowledged by our Public Health Authorities as Lyme disease continues to sweep across Canada.
Please note: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns 'Lyme disease acquired during pregnancy may lead to infection of the placenta and possible stillbirth'
CDC poster on Pregnancy and Lyme: 'Untreated, Lyme disease can be dangerous to your unborn child. Lyme disease that goes untreated can also cause you to have brain, nerve, spinal cord, and heart problems.'
The March of Dimes also shares this about Lyme and Pregnancy on their website: