A beautiful weather in the summer creates an atmosphere of excitement in our families and makes us want to enjoy our favorite outdoor activities. As important as it is for our health to exercise outside, fill our lungs with fresh air and relax in the greenery of nature, we must not forget about a danger hiding in the woods or in the grass.
A significant increase of Lyme disease cases
By visiting forests or meadows with tall grass, we enter the natural habitat of ticks, who in turn are hosts of bacterium responsible for the Lyme disease. Unfortunately, the number of cases reported by Ottawa Public Health doubled in 2017, compared to the previous year. In 2017, the health agency recorded an astonishing 168 cases of infection with the Lyme disease, while just a decade ago there were only two cases. Some areas in Ontario are especially dangerous, so we have to be even more careful in case we enter ticks’ natural habitat in Elgin, Portland, West Port and Delta.
More has to be done to control the Lyme disease
The Lyme disease is widespread in many places in the world. Still, the way we approach this very dangerous condition is not up to standard. There are serious lacks when it comes to diagnostics, and the not-so-obvious symptoms combined with rather poor knowledge of the potential complications of the disease are not helping in the treatment process. Because of this, patients often feel that the care they receive is insufficient and the information they get is unclear.
The current level of funding is way too low
Even though they are insufficient, some efforts are being made to fight this tick-borne infection. In 2017, the Liberal government established the Federal Framework on Lyme Disease. It was also announced that an amount of 4 million dollars will be used to create a Lyme disease research network, with the main goal of improving diagnosis and treatment.
At the moment, it looks like all the efforts made so far are not enough to effectively contain the Lyme disease and we hope that this problem will be addressed as fast as possible.
Jasmine holds a Master’s in Journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto and writes professionally in a broad variety of genres. She has worked as a senior manager in public relations and communications for major telecommunication companies, and is the former Deputy Director for Media Relations with the Modern Coalition. Jasmine writes primarily in our LGBTTQQIAAP and Science section.