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Lyme Disease Outbreak. By Patricia Kelley. Where? Old Lyme, Connecticut. How?. * In a one year period, fifty-one people were experiencing uncommon juvenile rheumatoid arthritus symptoms which include; swollen or stiff joints, rashes and high fever.

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Lyme disease outbreak

Lyme Disease Outbreak

By Patricia Kelley



How?

  • * In a one year period, fifty-one people were experiencing uncommon juvenile rheumatoid arthritus symptoms which include; swollen or stiff joints, rashes and high fever.

  • * By 1977, scientists linked to the Icodes scapularis (black-legged or deer) tick as the transmitter of the disease and by 1982, the bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi, was discovered as the culprit.


How?

  • Causes

  • * Environmental changes in the Connecticut area are blamed for the advanced spread of Lyme Disease.

  • o As Connecticut more industrialized, old agricultural farms were turned into new forests and a new habitat for deer.

  • + Also, as the population in Connecticut increased, so did the human to deer contact.

  • *Ticks can also move from pets to people*


Treatments
Treatments?

  • * Federal funding for Lyme disease research began in 1991, and by 1997 a vaccine became available. Though by 2001, the vaccine was taken off the market

  • * Symptoms can be eliminated with antibiotics, but only if the disease is caught early.


Untreated lyme disease
Untreated Lyme Disease…

  • o If the disease is left untreated, it results in a multitude of problems such as neurological disorders (twitching) and neuropsychiatric disturbances (memory loss, mood sings, sleeping problems)

  • * The late-stage Lyme disease is often called the "great imitator" because it is has so many multi-faceted symptoms that it is commonly misdiagnosed as Multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, rhematoid arthritus and other autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases.


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