10 Things to Know About Lyme Disease
1. Children are at the highest risk of contracting Lyme disease and are more vulnerable to central nervous system infections.
2. Lyme disease has been called “The Great Imitator” and can be mistaken for ALS, MS, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, autism and other difficult-to-diagnose multi-system illnesses.
3. Studies show that standard laboratory tests recommended by the CDC to diagnose Lyme disease miss approximately half of actual cases, leading to misdiagnosis and an infection that is more difficult to treat.
4. More than 63% of patients treated for Lyme disease will continue to suffer symptoms that can be debilitating.
5. The CDC estimates that there are 300,000 new cases of Lyme disease each year in the United States.
6. Lyme disease has been reported in every state except Hawaii and has been found on every continent except Antarctica.
7. Lyme disease has six times more new cases each year than HIV/AIDS, yet it receives less than 1% of the funding.
8. Fewer than 50% of patients with Lyme disease recall a tick bite or rash.
9. Ticks can carry many different types of bacterial, viral and parasitic infections – some life-threatening – which can further complicate tick-borne disease diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
10. Transmission of Lyme disease and other infections can take place in a matter of minutes, particularly if the tick is not removed properly.
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