For Immediate Release
May 15, 2018
MP Karen Ludwig Organizes Roundtable on Lyme Research in NB
Saint Andrews – Representatives from New Brunswick’s universities, research institutions and medical profession joined MP Karen Ludwig today at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre in Saint Andrews to discuss Lyme Research in New Brunswick and the opportunities for further study and collaboration among the groups.
“Lyme Disease prevention and treatment is a real concern for the residents in my riding of New Brunswick Southwest,” said Ludwig. “The tick population is on the rise and along with it, so is the risk of more people being afflicted by Lyme Disease.”
Researchers from Mount Allison University, the University of New Brunswick, Université de Moncton, RPC Science and Engineering were in attendance, along with medical professionals, Horizon Health, the New Brunswick Department of Health, Saint Andrews Biological Station and Lyme NB.
“We know that there are a number of research projects currently being undertaken in the province,” said Ludwig. “The outcome of today will be a better understanding of what that is and how we can improve it.”
To inform members of parliament and senators on the impact of Lyme disease in Canada, Ludwig co-chaired two national roundtables in Ottawa. She worked with the federal Minister of Health to secure up to $4 million to establish a Lyme disease research network, with the aim of generating new knowledge to improve diagnosis and treatment.
A tick surveillance program in the region last summer identified new risk areas of established or emerging blacklegged tick populations in Charlotte County, Saint John County, Kings County, Albert County and Westmorland County. This represents an expansion of the previously identified risk areas to include Albert and Westmorland.