MAR 12, 2017 — Any pet owner has likely already experienced the strange reality that Veterinarians are very open about the fact that Ticks carry Lyme Disease AND other infections, and are widespread across Canada. The message to pet owners is that tick-borne infections are prevalent, extremely serious, need to be treated right away, and often require multiple courses of antibiotics to fully eradicate the disease.
Why is the message to humans the opposite?
See this 30 second video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=177IXkA7iEM, part of the “March is Tick Awareness Month” campaign for ANIMALS. This campaign is sponsored by the Canadian Veterinarian Medical Association and a “leading pharmaceutical manufacturer”. There is a vaccine available for sale for dogs.
There is no current vaccine for humans; a previous human vaccine (Lymerix) was removed from market by its manufacturer after 3 years. There were many claims this vaccine caused similar symptoms to Lyme Disease.
Maps showing dog cases of Lyme Disease, available here: http://www.petdiseasereport.com/content/prevmap.aspxdemonstrate the wide geographic range of ticks across Canada. Select “all years combined” and then zoom in on the map to confirmed dog cases of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases highlighted in your area.
In 2015, a total of 2,320 cases of Lyme and Co-Infections were reported for dogs, and this number in 2016 increased to 2,491. Vets acknowledge the actual cases will be much higher than reported.
Yet, humans are being told there are only a handful of tick “risk areas” in Canada and if you cannot prove you have been in one of these so-called “risk areas”, you will NOT be recorded as having Lyme Disease, even with a positive test. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/lyme-disease/surveillance-lyme-disease.html.
The number of published human Lyme Disease cases in 2015 was 917, and in 2016, it was 841. So Public Health is telling us human cases of Lyme are going down!
Are you concerned yet? You should be.
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