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Lyme disease reported on the rise in Pennsylvania

Though reports of Lyme disease are up in the Pennsylvania area, this disease is unfortunately often misdiagnosed. As occurs with almost any failure to diagnose a medical problem, an illness like Lyme disease will only fester and worsen if it remains untreated.

The failure to diagnose and treat one woman with Lyme disease led to kidney and liver problems. This same woman later discovered that her granddaughter had been bitten by a tick and infected with Lyme disease, but doctors instead diagnosed the granddaughter as having Tourette syndrome.

Because the disease continues to go unreported, counties throughout the state are spending more time attempting to eradicate mosquitoes responsible for the West Nile virus than in attempting to eliminate the ticks that spread Lyme disease.

A lack of public awareness concerning the disease has contributed to this problem. Another young boy's Lyme disease was not discovered until he had visited eight separate doctors. The mother of the boy suffering from the disease described Lyme disease as a "silent crisis." She described how she had been told by doctors that he was misbehaving or having panic attacks, and others described the boy as having a case of the flu.

If you are a patient suffering from Lyme disease that has gone untreated due to a misdiagnosis, you may wish to consult with an attorney experienced in the medical malpractice area. People suffering from Lyme disease often find themselves bed ridden for long periods of time or unable to work. Such a long period of recovering while suffering from worsening conditions may have been avoided if the disease had been diagnosed correctly.

Source: North Fork Patch, "Southold Residents on Tick Eradication Need: 'Lyme Disease is a Silent Crisis'," by Erin Schultz, Oct. 11, 2012

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