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“Hopefully, it breaks this gridlock that we have on Lyme disease,” said Wall resident Pat Smith, a leading advocate and member of the panel.
Although the number of reported Lyme disease cases has averaged fewer than 25,000 in the past decade, a federal work group convened to address attachable diseases claims that The actual number is 10 times larger and recommends developing a better test to detect the bacterial infection.
The 100-page report to Congress, the first of three in four-year, is crucial for agreeing how to deal with Lyme after decades of disagreement between government officials and medical experts.
Discord has caused an explosion of cases across the country – from less than 13,000 about 20 years ago in New England to nearly 30,000 in 2017, the latest information available – advocates for Lyme patients.
“It’s a good first step,” said Pat Smith in Wall Township, New Jersey, a member of 14-member workgroup. “Hopefully we will break this gridlock that we have on Lyme disease.”
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Lyme Disease has existed for thousands of years, but in the United States it first understood in 1975 a cluster of children and adults around Lyme, Connecticut, who had arthritis-like symptoms. In 1982, researchers discovered that infected black spots transmitted Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria against people who cause infection with fever, headache and fatigue that can spread to the joints, the heart and the nervous system if left untreated.
“Patients still have difficulty and doctors have problems trying to treat m,” she said. “I hope this will be an eye opener for Congress.”
In the 1980s, the infection was affected by two of Smith’s daughters, one of whom missed four years of school. She founded the non-profit Lyme Disease Association and has traveled the country to raise awareness.
“Now is the big question what Congress should do in the light of these recommendations?” she said.
Because of the severity test for the bacteria that cause Lyme disease – false positive and false negative are common – the working group said that further investigations to diagnose all disease-borne diseases can save the country’s money in the long run.  ► June 12: Tick paralysis: 5-year-old could not go, had trouble speaking
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Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., Who advocated the creation of the group, demanded “for a coordinated, comprehensive federal response, including more funding of research” in response to the report.
The list is testing. The report describes the deficiencies in the standard testing for Lyme through “serological analyzes” or blood samples that are looking for antibodies. This form of testing is notoriously unreliable for detecting Lyme, especially in the critical early stages of infection.
Pat Smith in Wall Township, NJ, left, with Rep. Chris Smith, RN.J., whose legislation helped to create the Lyme disease working group.
10 percent to 20 percent of Lyme disease patients diagnosed in early stages experience symptoms for six months or longer after diagnosis and treatment, according to the report. Those diagnosed later may end up in chronic Lyme disease and still have problems even after the infection is cured.
The report recommends federal investment in the development of new testing techniques. It also suggests exploring specific ways to better test children, believed to be as much as half of the infected population.
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“The most important thing everyone agrees with is that we need new types of Lyme disease tests,” said Pat Smith. “We also need new types of therapeutic options for both acute Lyme and those with enduring disease.”
Another focus in the report: The national surveillance system for detecting fasted disease cases must be strengthened.
“Right now it’s okay, it’s a mess, even when it comes to recording, what kind of ticks we’re watching in different states,” she says.
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The report contains stories about people suffering from chewed babies diseases. After years of helping desperate patients to cope with the horror stories of a generally misunderstood disease, Pat Smith wanted the report to reflect some of Lyme’s human toll.
“It talks about what patients experience to try get diagnosis and treatment. “She said.” All kinds of problems are emerging at the forefront of a change. “
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