Worst form of bug borne disease is about to explode and scientists warn we have no way to treat it
| By K. Gander, Apr 23, 2019
| Newsweek – Scientists predict that the number of people suffering from a little-understood type of Lyme disease could spike to almost 2 million in 2020.
The most common vector-borne illness in the U.S., Lyme disease is caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium, which is spread by infected ticks.
Sufferers can have a fever, headache, chills, fatigue, joint and muscle ache, and swollen lymph nodes.
In many cases, patients experience an erythema migrans rash that can grow up to 12 inches around the area of the tick bite. Big Spike In Ticks, Bugs, Third World Disease Across USA
Around 329,000 cases are thought to occur each year, although the true number of infections is thought to be higher.
In most cases, doctors prescribe antibiotics and the symptoms pass. However, for others the symptoms can linger in what is known as post-treatment Lyme disease (PTLD) or post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome.
The condition is characterized by cognitive dysfunction, incapacitating fatigue and chronic pain, according to the authors of a study published in the journal BMC Public Health. Did Lyme Disease Escape From This Secret USDA Lab?
The condition is poorly understood; there is no set diagnosis for it, and treatment is controversial, the authors wrote. The cause is unknown—some believe the bug can disrupt the immune system—and it can take months to recover.
Past estimates suggest treatments fail in between 10 and 20 percent of cases, which could cost the U.S. economy up to $1 billion per year. Americans Just Borrowed $88 Billion to Pay Medical Bills
“Although antibiotic therapy cures most LD patients, a significant proportion of patients continue to suffer persisting symptoms that can derail normal life,” the researchers wrote. Read more.
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