ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Why is Lyme Disease so hard to diagnose?
SLU Care infectious diseases specialist Dr. Donald Kennedy says there are many reasons to miss the cases.
“True lyme disease is confined to selected geographic areas, and the tests that have been developed for lyme disease are for that bacterium,” he says.
Those hotspot Lyme Disease geographic areas include northeastern United States, the barrier islands off of Cape Cod, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
What’s more common here, Kennedy says, is a near identical disease called STARI, or Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness, which has no real good laboratory test to detect it.
A Missouri woman says she’ll never be the same after her lyme disease went undiagnosed for seven years.
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