THUNDER BAY – Jennifer Bourgeois has doubts that despite the official designation of the city as a Lyme disease risk area, much will change in the short term.
Her son has been suffering from Lyme disease for years, a debilitating disease transmitted by black-legged ticks.
As tbnewswatch.com announced earlier this month, local doctors must report cases involving patients with a bullseye rash greater than five centimeters. Lyme disease indicator.
After Bourgeois's 16-year-old son suddenly fell ill in 2015, the doctors did not diagnose Lyme disease here, but said he had other illnesses.
In American and German laboratories, the family has found a US doctor who still manages his treatment.
Today, he continues to take medications including antibiotics, but according to Bourgeois, the boy's health has improved significantly in recent years.
] In an interview with Tbnewswatch this week, she said she remains concerned about the lack of experience of the medical profession in diagnosing Lyme.
When her son became ill, there was no sign of a bullseye rash, a symptom that Bourgeois did not necessarily notice materializing.
She believes that naming Thunder Bay as a high risk area will increase overall awareness, but is skeptical that this will have a significant impact on local doctors.
"None of our doctors is a Lyme writer and most of them think that Lyme is a disease that is anything but arthritic," she said.
Testing for the disease also remains problematic in Canada.
"Our test only has The ability to search for specific burdens is unfortunately the place where the blockage occurs."
Bourgeois, however, believes that the diagnosis of Lyme remains a universal challenge.
"It's not just Canadian doctors, it's a very controversial disease, it's a Lyme doctor you need, if you think you have Lyme, and Lyme literacy is the important part." [1
Lee Sieswerda, Environmental Health Manager of the TBDHU, welcomed the increased duty to monitor and report, noting that in recent years some people have "anecdotally" reported to their doctor with a large eye rash. "