Friday, August 30, 2013


"One of the first projects should be the improvement of the test sensitivity for chronic Lyme disease patients worldwide. The European Union has spent over 1 million Euros on the development of a high-sensitive lab on a chip project which is still underway." -- Dr. Armin Schwarzbach

The CDC's new estimate this month of 300,000 cases of Lyme disease per year in the US (10 times higher than previously reported estimates) may also offer insights into the disparities surrounding reported cases versus real incidence in other countries (as discussed in my global series, Ticks). The CDC has explained that the reasons for the differences include patients who are misdiagnosed, patients who do not seek treatment and doctors who do not report cases. The dramatic increase in the number confirms that Lyme disease is a tremendous public health problem in the US and other countries, and highlights the urgent need for more education, prevention, better diagnostic tools, and better therapies.


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