THE BOOK: RAIN ON A DISTANT ROOF

Book cover for Rain on a Distant RoofBy 2020, it’s estimated that more than 80 percent of the population of eastern Canada will be living in regions that are endemic for Lyme disease and the numbers of infections are expected to soar. Yet what remains unknown about this debilitating illness continues to trump what is known, placing the health of Canadians increasingly at risk. Rain on a Distant Roof uses the latest in scientific and medical research to explore the considerable challenges that have placed Lyme disease at the center of the most fractious debate in modern medicine.

LYME DISEASE, THE UNKNOWN, AND THE RISK TO THE BLOOD SUPPLY

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When I do talks on Lyme disease, I'm often asked if the bacteria (Borrelia spp.) that cause the illness are transmissible via blood transfusions. The default answer of health authorities has long been no. However, the worldwide absence of screening tests capable of accurately and consistently detecting the presence of Lyme bacteria in the blood supply makes it difficult to give a definitive answer to that question. Hopefully, once the technology improves and researchers are able to consider the question with the assistance of more accurate tools, the answer will continue to be no, but only time will tell.

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