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Pursuing Tick Bite Symptoms Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
(May 2020: Kingston, ON)
Amidst social distancing restrictions and declining rates of COVID-19 infection, many Ontario residents are eager to get outside and re-connect with nature. However, May is also Lyme Disease Awareness month, and spring’s onset is expected to cause hundreds of new Lyme disease cases in this province. Researchers at Queen’s University have launched a new collaboration between citizens and scientists to eliminate misdiagnosis of Tick-Borne Disease in Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Outdoor activities pose a risk of infection from ticks carrying viruses and bacteria. In response to this growing threat, researchers at Queen’s University are asking citizens for new insight. Masters student Emilie Norris-Roozmon is promoting a new anonymous online survey for anyone who has been bitten by a tick (http://bit.ly/Tick-Survey). In collaboration with her supervisors Dr. Robert Colautti and Dr. Rylan Egan her thesis research will use public surveys to track patterns in reported symptoms that are associated with tick bites.
“Whether symptoms are severe or mild to non-existent,” explains Norris-Roozmon “we think this kind of data is valuable and underutilized in the study of tick-borne infections.”
The survey evaluates the “client-centred care” that patients receive, and their resulting symptoms. The survey emerged from the Canadian Lyme Disease Research Network (CLyDRN) and is part of an integrated research program on tick-borne diseases funded by Canada’s Federal Tri-Agency.
In addition to Lyme, many diseases can be simultaneously transmitted by ticks in eastern
Ontario, including Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, and Powassan disease. Infectious diseases like Lyme disease and COVID-19 have caught health care institutions off-guard, with significant financial and human health impacts. Norris-Roozmon and her colleagues are hopeful that their integrated approach will help to improve diagnosis of tick borne disease in Ontario.
“I have had 23 different diagnoses from at least 15 different doctors, suffice it to say that I believe my immune system was compromised by undiagnosed and untreated Lyme, Babesia and Bartonella infections.” – Diane Quigley, Administrator of the Lyme Kingston Group and Lyme Group Guide
“After being sick all semester and seeing 7 doctors I was finally diagnosed with Lyme.” – Abby Duncan, Queen’s University student
“There seems to be a growing disconnect between some patients and the diagnoses they receive. That
alone is not evidence that we are missing something important, but I think it’s worth trying to quantify.” – Dr. Robert Colautti, Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Rapid Evolution at Queen’s University
Links: http://bit.ly/Tick-Survey ,
MSc Candidate, Biology, Queen’s University
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