“Connecting the Dots” is defined as:
“To draw a line between all the dots until the outline of an image is revealed”
“The ability to associate one idea with another to see the bigger picture”
Vector-borne diseases continue to puzzle researchers and clinicians world- wide. Amongst the most known of these, Lyme Borreliosis, is now considered an epidemic in many countries. What so many clinicians fail to see is that Lyme disease is only one piece in a bigger picture. It is therefore important to look beyond Lyme disease to understand why patients do not get well.
Lyme Borreliosis is often followed by a number of other infections, often referred to as co-infections (such as Bartonellosis, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis and Mycoplasmosis). Diagnostic tools frequently fail to uncover these infections, and many doctors are not familiar with the clinical picture of overlapping symptoms that these infections often entail. Moreover, patients who go undiagnosed and untreated for years may also develop chronic complaints and disabling conditions. Examples are hormonal, gastrointestinal, mitochondrial, autoimmune and psychiatric conditions that require extra support and specialized treatments.
Accordingly, understanding vector-transmitted diseases requires the uncover- ing and linkage of many small pieces in a greater puzzle. It requires creativity, curiousity and knowledge to connect all the dots. As the field of medicine constantly discovers new truths and discards existing doctrines, NorVect believes it is important to look beyond established knowledge, and connect the dots we don’t yet see. This will be the objective of The NorVect Conference 2015.