On Wednesday, a congressional advisory committee alerted Lyme and other growing field-related diseases that say they have become "a serious…
On Wednesday, a congressional advisory committee alerted Lyme and other growing field-related diseases that say they have become “a serious and growing threat to public health.” The result, presented in a report to Congress, recommends monitoring, prevention, diagnosis and treatment to address the problem.
At least 20 known medical conditions may be followed by fat bites. The most common Lyme disease affects an estimated 300,000 Americans each year. Meanwhile, doctors and researchers continue to discover new diseases related to the crawling bugs.
The committee, known as the Disease Working Group, was founded in the 19659004 21st Century Cures Act (2016) and has the task of proposing how to restore this public health problem.
“As flock populations continue to grow and infected tigers expand geographically, threaten human health,” wrote the working group. To highlight the need to act, the report includes stories from patients, including Ruben Lee Sims.
Sims, a Vietnam veteran, 1977 recognized by the US Air Force as “The Year’s Leading Management Analyst”, had his life locked several years later by fat bites.
The Lyme disease could not be diagnosed, the military released Sims in 1984 and noticed him a hypokondriak whose pain was caused by psychological factors. A year later, a non-military doctor also failed to deliver a diagnosis. Although the doctor suspected Lyme disease, Sims had never traveled to New England, where the disease was widespread, so the disease-borne disease was crossed by the list of possibilities.
“I was diagnosed for over three decades and left untreated for Lyme disease,” told Sims author’s author. Today it is no longer true. Better equipped to diagnose cheekbone disease, VA has confirmed Sim’s pain as a symptom of Lyme disease, and with appropriate treatment, he no longer has symptoms.
“Untreated patients can lose everything that I did and become part of the unemployed, employees, disabled and homeless people,” said Sims in the report. These days, he shares his story to help others who may suffer from disease-borne diseases.
Most Lyme patients treated early can recover fully, but up to 20% experience persistent symptoms – some disabling. Immediate symptoms include fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, swollen lymph nodes and a distinctive ring eruption. Episodes of dizziness or breathlessness, inflammation of the brain and spinal cord and hand and foot ulcers are among the long-term symptoms in patients with chronic disease.
Lyme disease cases have doubled since 2004, according to the report. At the same time, its geographical prevalence has increased: the number of counties considered to have a high incidence of the disease has increased by more than 300% in the northeastern states and almost 250% in the northern central states, says the report.
“The geographical area of Lyme disease cases has been expanded since the first appearance in Lyme, Connecticut in 1975, and has consistently spread north, south and west,” the report says. The working group proposes that this spread may be due, in part, to “ecological changes that occur in North America since the mid 20’s, including habitats and climate change.”
Although it is less common on the west coast, Lyme disease is an important issue there, as well as other diseases that derive from fat bites, reported in the report. Despite hundreds of thousands of estimated cases, only about 35,000 a year are reported to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Lyme disease is transmitted by infected deer. Infected black spots, western black tits and single star constituents often also transmit disease in the United States.
Backbone diseases can be difficult to diagnose. Tests are not always correct, and healthcare providers may not know how to use them. In addition, patients can not only have one, but two or more, chewable diseases at the same time.
The tick-borne disease working group includes improving early and accurate diagnosis and treatment, strengthening national monitoring and developing new treatment options for treating acute and persistent disease.
“For decades, chewed diseases have increased at an alarming rate,” the committee concluded. “The continued spread of ticks, the discovery of new attachment-borne pathogens and the widespread outburst of human disease is close to safety.”
By Susan Scutti, CNN