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2nd Edition of International Conference

and Expo on Clinical Microbiology

June 23-24, 2023 | Rome, Italy

ICCM 2023

Muhammad Morshed

Speaker at and Expo on Clinical Microbiology 2023 - Muhammad Morshed
University of British Columbia, Canada
Title : An update of Lyme disease with particular reference to low endemic areas in Canada


Lyme Disease (LD) is a tick transmitted infection caused by Borrelia burgdorferi. This is one of the most common vector borne diseases in North America. Its prevalence is quite low in British Columbia (BC) compared to eastern North America. BC has a long history of studying and providing diagnostic test services to the BC residents. Extensive field work as well as passive surveillance data clearly showed the low presences of this spirochete in the vector (ticks) as well as in the predominant host (deer mice). Lyme disease become notifiable in BC since 1995, however, it become reportable in Canada in 2009.  Annual Canadian cases are increasing every year but BC confirmed LD cases are low and static and also consistent with field epidemiological data. LD diagnosis is usually straightforward, but can be more complex and it depends on diseases conditions, exposure and endemic region. BC Centre for Disease Control Public Health Laboratory adheres to the universally accepted LD testing guidelines and recently introduced the newly recommended Modified Two Tier test algorithm for diagnosis. There are other commercial alternative tests; however, the quality of these tests is often questionable and their use is not recommended. In this presentation, geographic distribution of ticks and human Lyme disease cases in North America, Canada as well as challenges in laboratory diagnosis treatment will be discussed.


Dr. Morshed is a public health clinical microbiologist at the BCCDC Public Health Laboratory in Vancouver, British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, where he is Head of the Zoonotic and Emerging Pathogens section since 1997. He is also a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia. His area of interest is spirochaetal disease such as syphilis and Lyme disease and also working on serological aspects of SARS CoV-2.  He has also added significantly to the general knowledge and understanding of these diseases with more than 140 refereed scientific publications. On his recognition, Dr. Morshed received an Excellence in Clinical Services Award from UBC’s Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine in 2016, RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards in 2017; Distinguished Microbiologists Award by the Canadian College of Microbiologists in 2019 and elected as an Expatriate Fellow of the Bangladesh Academic of Sciences in 2020.