Sunday, November 9, 2014

Lyme is the most misunderstood disease since AIDS


Sat Nov 8, 2014

Valley View: Lyme is the most misunderstood disease since AIDS
Gov. Andrew Cuomo should sign the Patients' Rights/Doctor Protection bill.
Holly Ahern, for The Poughkeepsie Journal (opinion page), Poughkeepsie, New York

With the possible exception of HIV/AIDS, no infectious disease in recent history has been as misunderstood, maligned or politicized as Lyme disease.

After more than two decades of controversy and government neglect, Lyme disease has become too large an issue to ignore any longer. A year ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that only 1 in 10 cases of Lyme disease were properly reported to public health agencies and increased the likely incidence to more than 300,000 new cases of Lyme disease in the U.S. per year. As a highly endemic state, a significant proportion of those cases are in New York.

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