lyme Disease article contains misinformation

Friday , November 16, 2012 - 3:32 PM

Lori Holt

Editor,

There is a huge controversy surrounding Lyme Disease, in which two divided opinions exist regarding diagnosis, treatment and whether it can continue in chronic stages. The Standard’s Nov. 16 article from Bloomberg News quotes the Infectious Disease Society of America ("Lyme disease not chronic; it’s a new infection"). The opposing opinion of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society argues that persistent infection is common, in fact, there are numerous studies that show persistence of infection despite treatment with antibiotics.

Due to misinformation as stated in this article, many are denied the medical care they need. Patients are commonly mocked or told it is "all in their head," or that the test must be "a false positive." The lack of support from the medical community is inexcusable.

It is about time that this disease is recognized. It is ruining too many people’s lives, including my young daughter’s, who was bitten by an infected tick here in this state, but the doctor disregarded my concern about the tick bite, even throwing the tick away.

Lori Holt

Layton

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