Symptoms of Lyme Disease may include a round red “bull’s eye “ rash at the site of the bite; flu- like symptoms, including fever, chills, headache, fatigue and general ashiness. Other symptoms may develop later including cause, diarrhea or constipation, loss of appetite, cough, stiff neck confusion and weight loss.
As summertime approaches and more people are getting outdoors, people are being reminded to be aware of ticks and the diseases they can spread.
The CDC reports Lyme disease as the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the United States with an estimated 300,000 cases per year. The CDC also estimates that 4 million people in the U.S. may have been infected, and only 10% of those are diagnosed. Antibiotics are usually the typical treatment for the disease, but are not always successful in treating recurrences.
The Utah Lyme Disease Alliance has grown from 30 people in 2010, to over 250 members. As numbers continue to increase, more is being learned about the diseases and how to prevent it.
Many doctors don’t recognize Lyme Disease as a serious condition and insurance companies may not cover long-term treatment for associated symptoms.
We spoke to three women who suffer from Lyme Disease in southern Utah. Their stories share their frustration with not only the disease, but diagnosis and treatment of it.
May is Lyme Disease awareness month. Utah Governor Herbert declared the week of May 10-17, Lyme Disease Awareness week. The Utah Lyme Disease Alliance is holding it’s 2nd annual awareness picnic this Saturday, May 16th, from 11am - 3 pm at Millrace Park, 1150 W. 5400 S., in Talorsville, Utah.
For more information you can go to: Lymeutah.com
Lyme disease develops following an infection with the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. It’s transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. The tick’s prime season is summer. Since the ticks live in wooded and high grass areas, preventative measures include wearing clothing to cover exposed skin, using repellant containing DEET, and bathing and inspecting for ticks within two hours of being outdoors.
The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) maintains that Lyme Disease is easily diagnosed and usually curable with a short course of antibiotics. The IDSA represents 9,000 U.S. doctors.
But a growing number of Americans are saying their Lyme disease symptoms persist well beyond the three-week course of antibiotic treatment. They complain of muscle aches, headaches, and fatigue. They have found doctors to treat them with more antibiotics, but not without controversy.
CDC reported just over 27,000 reported confirmed cases of Lyme Disease in the United States. That’s up by about 10,000 cases in the past 12 years. Many cases go unreported because they are misdiagnosed as symptoms can mimic other diseases like lupus, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis and even Alzheimers.
Lyme disease tests are highly inaccurate, often inconclusive or indicating false negatives. Although the widely accepted Western blot test is used by most doctors to test for Lyme disease it may come back negative. Patients can get tested elsewhere and receive a positive result.
There is currently no vaccine against Lyme disease for humans, although there is one available for dogs. In 1998, the company now known as GlaxoSmithKline licensed the first Lyme vaccine for humans, LYMERix. They withdrew it from the market in 2001 amid negative press coverage, poor sales, and lawsuits over short-term adverse reactions.
'Chronic Lyme disease' is not a widely recognized medical diagnosis.
For a short awareness video, check out a You Tube theatrical trailer by Open Eye Pictures - called “Under Our Skin”
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