Tests for Lyme disease miss many early cases – but a new approach could help

Adult deer tick

As a kid in rural Connecticut in the early 2000s, Kathleen McWilliams was well acquainted with the danger of ticks. After days spent playing outside in the wooded areas around her house, “our home routine was you brushed your teeth, you went to the bathroom, and you did a tick check,” she said. So when, at…

2 Responses to Tests for Lyme disease miss many early cases – but a new approach could help

  1. Lless June 29, 2017 at 4:07 pm #

    I run trails in Minnesota. Deer ticks extracted from implant 14. Wood ticks removed are beyond tabulation. No Lyme so far. What concerns me individually is that a decade ago I was immune to poison ivy. Boy has that changed. Nature always wins.

  2. susie June 29, 2017 at 7:01 pm #

    Even though I had every single classic Lyme symptom, I never got a positive test. Still haven’t! Doctors kept insisting I had MS, a brain tumor, depression, etc. No, I had Lyme. But the primary test has 50% false negatives, and that was the only way they accepted.

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