OTTAWA, May 30, 2017 /CNW/ - Lyme disease is an infectious disease that is emerging in many parts of Canada,impacting many Canadians and their families.
The Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, today announced up to $4 million to establish a Lyme disease research network, with the aim of generating new knowledge
This investment builds on the Government of Canada's ongoing support to address Lyme disease, through surveillance, research, sharing of best practices, laboratory diagnostics and testing, prevention education, and public education and awareness.
Also today, the Government of Canada released the Federal Framework on Lyme Disease. The Framework, which is intended to help guide a way forward in areas where the federal government has a role, is built around three pillars: surveillance; guidelines and best practices; and education and awareness. Progress will be reported on an ongoing basis.
Input from stakeholders—including federal, provincial and territorial health ministries, Lyme disease patients and patient groups, researchers, and health care providers—was considered in the development of the Framework. This Framework will support the continued collaboration and work between the federal and provincial and territorial governments in addressing Lyme disease.
For information on how to prevent, recognize and take action against Lyme disease, visit Canada.ca/LymeDisease.
"The Government of Canada is committed to addressing the public health impacts of Lyme disease in Canada. This includes working with provincial and territorial health authorities and other partners to address this serious disease and supporting research on how to more effectively diagnose and treat the disease."
The Honourable Jane Philpott, P.C., M.P.Minister of Health
"We are at an important juncture for Lyme disease, and as we move forward collectively, it is critical that we come together with an evidence-based approach, and to address knowledge gaps through further research. The Public Health Agency of Canada will work with public health, healthcare, patient groups, and other interested parties as we move forward together on the three pillars of the Framework."
Dr. Theresa TamInterim Chief Public Health Officer
Lyme Disease in Canada – A Federal Framework Lyme Disease
SOURCE Health Canada
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