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Re: Lyme disease revisited

 Lyme Disease is under-diagnosed.

Wrong, it is way over diagnosed.

It's an epidemic and soon this country will be forced to wake up. Millions are affected and don't even know it.

That is an impossible claim to prove, so I will not even ask you to try.  But Lyme's is actually rare due to the fact that it takes days of the tick being on the person to cause infection.  But people will generally find ticks on themselves long before that, not to mention that there are plenty of parts of the country where ticks are not an issue.  And even in the areas that they are what percentage of the population is going hiking in the woods to be exposed?  It  is not transmitted person to person, or through the air, water or food.

It becomes even more complicated because there are plenty of false-negatives (I tested negative twice before testing positive) So people they don't have it - when in fact it's the root cause of all their problems.

False positives are way more prevalent with antibody testing than are false negatives.  The biggest problems with these tests are false positives from serological cross reactivity and antibody responses from exposure without chronic infection.  For example, if not enough of the bacteria is introduced to cause chronic infection or antibiotics kill off the bacteria there will still be an antibody response that will yield false positives.  This is why without the characteristic bullseye rash there is no way to positively confirm Lyme's infection.


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