Lyme Disease Symptoms

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In order for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to recognize a Lyme case for surveillance purposes, there must be “objective” findings, such as positive blood tests, Bell’s palsy or joint swelling (even though Lyme blood tests are unreliable and the CDC’s accepted “objective” indicators are not common). The chart below reflects the CDC-reviewed surveillance case manifestations from 2001 to 2010.

CDC manifestations percentages

This situation contributes to what many experts view as severe undercounting of Lyme disease by the CDC.

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