May is Lyme Disease awareness month. I’ve learned a lot about this utterly horrifying disease over the last number of years. I believe awareness and public knowledge are key! Here are some facts shared by the Lyme Disease Challenge. @lymediseasechallenge
Children are at the highest risk of contracting Lyme Disease and are more vulnerable to central nervous system infections.
Transmission of Lyme Disease and other infections can take place in a matter of minutes, particularly if the tick is not removed properly.
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 illnesses.
Research suggests that Lyme Disease and other infections can be spread from mother to baby during pregnancy.
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.
Over 63% of patients treated for Lyme Disease continue to suffer symptoms that can be debilitating.
The CDC estimates that there are 329,000 new cases of Lyme Disease each year in the United States. Some experts believe the actual number of new cases could be as high as 1-2 million new cases per year in the US alone.
Lyme Disease has been reported in every state except Hawaii and has been found on every continent except Antarctica.
Lyme Disease has 6 times more new cases each year than HIV/AIDS, yet it receives less than 1% of the funding.
Fewer than 50% of patients with Lyme Disease recall a tick bite or any rash.
There are no tests available to prove that the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease has been eradicated or that the patient is cured after treatment.
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.