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Confused by a Litany of Complaints
USA Today; 11D
Manning, Anita


Lyme disease, first diagnosed in Lyme, Conn., is transmitted by deer ticks and can cause such symptoms as a rash, achiness, fatigue, fever, seizures, memory loss, and heart problems. Testing for Lyme disease is difficult, however, and often leads to false-negative results. According to Peter Krause of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, some patients have more than one tick-borne infection, such as babesiosis or erhlichiosis, in addition to Lyme. If legislation introduced in March by U.S. Rep. Christopher Smith (R-N.J.) passes, Lyme disease research and physician education would be funded with $125 million. Further research is needed on Lyme disease, because without further clinical evidence, many patients might take Lyme disease to be the answer to their health problems when it may be entirely something else, says Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Lyme expert David Dennis.

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