Member’s Statement – 2016.10.19 – Lyme Disease
October 19, 2016
Mr. Len Webber (Calgary Confederation, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, there is a sinister disease in Canada. It causes long-term suffering to both its victims and their families, and it’s on the rise.
Lyme disease is passed with a simple tick bite and there are many ways Canadians can take preventive action. Unfortunately, once bitten, many cases go undiagnosed, misdiagnosed and simply ignored until the disease sets in.
We need better awareness amongst healthcare professionals and better public awareness. The good news is that it is treatable, but it can take time.
While infected, the patients and their families often face tremendous financial difficulties and emotional stress. We need to do more to help those fighting Lyme disease.
We thank the Lyme Disease Association of Alberta and caregivers like Nicholas, Ivan and Inez who make recoveries possible.