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Available Expert - Queen’s researchers study the link between tick bites and long-term disease

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Tim Salomons (Psychology) is available to speak to media about a new study led by early-career researchers at Queen’s University that takes a closer look at the link between tick bites and disease.

 Many people bitten by ticks develop symptoms characteristic of Lyme Disease, including a red rash, fever, and headaches. Thanks to recent advances in health care, many individuals are identified early and treated effectively with antibiotics. Unfortunately, for thousands of people,  serious, long-term symptoms, like severe pain and stiffness, tiredness, memory problems, and even the inability to move part of their face.

 “We’ve made a lot of progress in understanding Lyme disease, but there’s still way too many people with Lyme Disease symptoms who are being left behind” says Dr. Salomons.

 The team will be using an online survey where patient reports are gathered and will be used to guide field work and laboratory-based models aimed at understanding how symptoms develop and why different people experience unique patterns of symptoms.

 A news release detailing the project can be found on the website, MyLyme.ca

 An affiliated patient or student affected by Lyme disease can be arranged for interviews as well.

 To arrange an interview, please contact communications officer  Julie Brown ( 343-363-2763 or Julie.brown@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.  

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