Consumer Reports: What You Need to Know About Lyme Disease
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Lyme disease is the most common bug-borne disease in the U.S., by far. Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention receives official reports of about 30,000 cases of Lyme every year from state health departments, the actual number of people being diagnosed and treated is nearly 15 times more. A recent CDC study estimated that the true yearly number of cases of Lyme over the last decade was likely closer to 476,000.
Given how common the disease is, you’d think that doctors and scientists would agree on the basics, such as the best ways to diagnose and treat it, and whether it can turn into a chronic condition.
But it turns out that when it comes to Lyme, there are still a lot of unknowns and plenty of debate.
“There is definitely some confusion and also some misinformation out there,” says Amy Schwartz, an epidemiologist at the CDC. “And it’s important to correct that, because without proper treatment, the condition can be devastating.”
Here’s a breakdown of what scientists do and don’t know about this dangerous and increasingly common illness: https://www.consumerreports.org/lyme-disease/what-you-need-to-know-about-lyme-disease/