Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Doctors urged to test for more than Lyme disease after a tick bite


The following appeared on Bostonglobe.com:
Doctors urged to test for more than Lyme disease after a tick bit
Date: Jul 2, 2013

Patients who test negative for Lyme disease after a suspected tick bite could instead be suffering from a recently identified illness also spread by deer ticks, a team led by Massachusetts researchers reported Monday. The paper describes two patients, one in Massachusetts and one in New Jersey, who were initially suspected of having another tick-borne disease but were instead found to have the new infection. Published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the findings underscore the increasing importance for doctors to think about more than Lyme, the region's most common tick-borne disease, when they see a patient who was or could have been bitten by a tick. The authors said the cases may also give a hint about why some patients who test negative for Lyme become sick.

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