Lyme Disease

Can the tick-borne illness be controlled?


Lyme disease, caused by tick bites, is on the rise. In August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said new studies indicate that an estimated 300,000 cases of Lyme disease occur in the United States each year — 10 times the number officially reported. If this estimate stands, it would make Lyme the nation's third most common infectious disease. Virtually every aspect of the disease is controversial, from diagnosis and treatment to the effectiveness of preventive strategies. Most conventional medical experts say Lyme can be treated with two to four weeks of antibiotics, but about one-fifth of treated patients have persistent symptoms, such as fevers, fatigue, joint pain, dizziness, arthritis, memory problems and depression. Patient advocacy groups and some doctors say such “chronic” Lyme ...

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