First Posted: 9/23/2013 1:06:56 PM | Last Updated: 9/23/2013 1:06:57 PM
GEORGIA LYME DISEASE AWARENESS!!
About 300,000 Americans each year are diagnosed with Lyme disease, according to new estimate released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week. This number is 10 times higher than the number of cases reported annually to the CDC.
These latest estimates were presented at the 2013 International Conference on Lyme Borreliosis and Other Tick-Borne Diseases on August 18, 2013. "This new preliminary estimate confirms that Lyme disease is a tremendous public health problem in the United States, and clearly highlights the urgent need for prevention," said Dr. Paul Mead, chief of epidemiology and surveillance for the CDC's Lyme disease program, in a statement.
While it is the CDC’s opinion that Lyme Disease isn’t an issue in Georgia and other southern states, those of us suffering with it know differently and recent research by Dr. Kerry Clark, a University of North Florida associate professor of public health, and his colleagues proves that it is.
They found two species of Lyme disease bacteria previously unknown to infect humans. These two new Lyme disease species, Borrelia americana and Borrelia andersonii, were found in symptomatic patients living in the Southeastern United States.
Current testing methods and interpretation criteria, designed to detect just one species, may explain many of the complaints involving the unreliability of Lyme disease tests in the U.S.
“This study’s findings suggest that multiple Borrelia species may be causing Lyme disease in the Southeast, another tick species may also be transmitting it in the Southeast and that it may be much more common here than was previously thought,” says Clark. “Additional evidence presented suggests that some people may develop chronic infections, and the current antibody testing approach for Lyme disease may not identify the infections.”
The Georgia Lyme Disease Connection was founded as a gathering place to advocate for patients from Georgia suffering from Lyme Disease and other tick related illnesses. Our mission is to arm you with information that you can use in your daily battles with this exhausting disease!
The true experts of Lyme Disease are everyone of US .... the patients that walk in the shoes of Lyme every single day. We’re the ones that know the day to day consequences that Lyme can have. We watch as our health diminishes, and yet people tell us how great we look.
Our relationships with our families, children, spouses and friends suffer because no one can truly understand what we’re going through and we often lack the ability to make them understand; Our careers and our jobs suffer because we’re often too sick or too tired or in too much pain to get out of bed, let alone do everything necessary to make it to work on time!
Due to CDC guidelines, primary care physicians either know too little about Lyme or can typically only treat with oral antibiotics less that 14 days. If a person has not been diagnosed within the first month of contracting Lyme disease, they need a specialist for IV antibiotic treatment.
So who do we rely on? Each other! We rely on others afflicted with this truly horrible, and completely misunderstood disease. We rely on the support, ideas, wisdom and friendship of those who have walked before us in this battle, and thus end up walking side by side with us.
Having someone who truly understands what it’s like to live inside our bodies is a life saver. It’s an island in a raging sea where we can take refuge, even if for only short periods of time. So if you are a Georgia resident and have Lyme Disease please contact Karen Kelley Sherrill to become part of our forum and gain this essential support!!
Also check out our website at www.georgialymediseaseconnection.com and our Advocacy website at http://galymeadvocacy.wordpress.com/.