QUEENSBURY, N.Y.—A study conducted by SUNY Adirondack Professor is providing new insights into the prevalence of Lyme disease.
Professor Holly Ahern used the populations of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties in New York State to conduct her research. The study was undertaken to evaluate the rate of "Probable" Lyme disease.
The study found that the reporting of the disease to the CDC is far less than the actual incidence of disease, contributing to a world-wide misunderstanding and misinformation about this serious disease.
The study resulted in several important findings:
1. In the study population, cases were diagnosed by physicians more frequently than cases were reported to the CDC.
2. Sixteen percent of the undiagnosed population reported signs and symptoms consistent with late-stage Lyme disease, including cardiac, rheumatologic, or neurological symptoms.
3. Only half of the diagnosed respondents reported that they remembered any tick bite.
4. Only 33% of diagnosed respondents reported noticing a bulls-eye rash at the site of a tick bite. (The CDC claims that 80% of victims experience the rash.)
5. Half of the diagnosed respondents that had been treated with antibiotics reported persisting symptoms and did not consider themselves "cured." (The CDC maintains that only a very small percentage of victims treated with antibiotics experience persisting problems.)
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