A special commission has attacked the way “official” figures are gathered in Lyme disease cases – and argue the public need to be made aware of the growing danger.
Massachusetts already has one of the highest rates of Lyme disease in the country; but a special commission in Boston recently claimed that those figures are wildly low.
The 14,000 cases of Lyme disease reported annually to the Department of Public Health (DPH) in Massachusetts is inaccurate, claims commission head David Linsky, Democratic state representative. Incidences of Lyme disease are actually “grossly underreported” – and real infections could be up to ten times higher.
“We need to let people know just how prevalent Lyme disease is in Massachusetts,” Linsky warns. “This disease affects so many families.”
The issue is that Lyme disease often gets misdiagnosed – and even when it is accurately recognized, doctors don’t always report it to the DPH. As a result, thousands of Massachusetts residents could be carrying the Lyme-causing b. burgdorferi bacterium without ever receiving the treatment they need to combat it, and without the authorities knowing the true extent of the problem.
The commission identified some key areas they feel need to be addressed...