Lyme Disease on the Rise

Source: HANS e-News - June 15, 2011

Is it already in your neck of the woods?

Dr. Ernie Murakami holds a degree in bacteriology and taught at the University of British Columbia. He is a clinical associate professor emeritus UBC and past medical director of the Fraser Health Authority.

Dr. Murakami's interest in Lyme disease, a bacterial infection transmitted by ticks, started with his first case from a BC patient in 1994. He developed two new methods of tick removal, both of which are in use by doctors and ambulance personnel today.

But in 2008, this distinguished doctor was urged to retire by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC because he "appeared to be a zealot" in his management and approach to Lyme disease, reported the CBC in this article and video Back then, Dr. Murakami said Lyme disease was endemic in BC.

Time has proved him right. Today Lyme disease is a nationally reportable disease in Canada. Starting in 2010, doctors are required to report all cases to the Public Health Agency of Canada. "Studies show the risk of the disease is growing in this country," according to the federal agency (Lyme Disease Fact Sheet,

Dr. Murakami is now a retired physician, but has made it his life's work to further educate and treat Lyme disease in Canada. Considered Canada's foremost expert on Lyme disease, he is the founder and president of the Dr. E. Murakami Centre for Lyme Research, Education & Assistance.

Join Dr. Murakami in this important lecture:

What You Should Know about Lyme Disease
Monday, June 27, 2011 7:00-8:30pm
Heritage Hall, Mezzanine
3102 Main St, Vancouver, BC
Tickets $8 HANS members, $10 non-members or (604) 435-0512

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