Lyme Disease Proclamation Signed in Arkansas

June 28, 2017

Partial transcription from the video - This summer is expected to be one of the worst six seasons ever for tick bites.  States all across the country are bracing for more cases of Lyme Disease.  The CDC is warning that one test may not be enough if you get a tick bite.  Now the CDC tells ABC news researchers they are trying to develop a new test to better diagnose the infection for Lyme Disease.  Testing can be negative in the first month following infection.  When diagnosed and treated quickly the infection is easy to get rid of, but if left untreated it can cause debilitating effects from severe arthritis to short term memory loss.  And the CDC warns that because it usually takes weeks for Lyme to test positive doctors who suspect Lyme should prescribe antibiotics even if the test is negative and  that's not something we hear often. Take antibiotics that you might not need - so that just shows how serious this is.

Click here for a link to the video from GMA - ABC News:

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/cdc-advises-multiple-lyme-disease-tests-tick-bite-48364357​

 
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