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Abxnomore
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/06/lyme-disease-map-pinpoints-areas_n_1256859.html

Here's a chance to make our voices heard! The areas they say have a low incidence of Lyme--well you decide.

Please post your comments on Huffington Post. I know there are many of you here that live in the areas that supposedly have a low incidence of Lyme. Hogwash! [rant]

[ 02-07-2012, 02:31 PM: Message edited by: Abxnomore ]

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Up.

Please comment on Huffington Post regarding the incidence of Lyme.

Let's educate the public as best as we can.

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I commented.

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Thank you!

Let's keep up the momentum:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/06/lyme-disease-map-pinpoints-areas_n_1256859.html

Here is a change to help others, educate the public and make our voices heard.

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I wrote a long comment, hit post and can't find it. A window popped up prompting me to join Huffington Post. Very frustrating.

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You have to join the site first and become a member.


Let's keep up the momentum:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/06/lyme-disease-map-pinpoints-areas_n_1256859.html

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Of course...why didn't I think of that [bonk] and I thought my brain fog was gone [lol]

Thanks for posting the article abxnomore...We need to inform the public

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commented!

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Thanks gln and Larae.

Let's give it our best! Where their is press about Lyme Disease , we need to make noise and let the truth be known.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/06/lyme-disease-map-pinpoints-areas_n_1256859.html

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Me too - everyone should
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Abxnomore
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Indeed everyone should. There is a good discussion going on. Lots of misinformation and lots of it being corrected by those in the know.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/06/lyme-disease-map-pinpoints-areas_n_1256859.html

It's an opportunity for us to help others and ourselves and get out the "true" information.

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Got it covered!
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i commented about an hour after the article went up (in the middle of the night) and there were already over a hundred comments then.
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Abxnomore
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Great, let's keep it going. There are 11 pages of comments now!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/06/lyme-disease-map-pinpoints-areas_n_1256859.html

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Just posted.

I have to say though, this doesn't sound as bad as people are making it out to be. They make some fair points in the literature. (Though, I admit it gets a little shady in the article)
The paper says...

"...the lack of spatial structure in nymphal infection prevalence, combined with the difficulty in accurately estimating prevalence with small sample sizes, brings into question the validity of using an exact prevalence threshold to guide clinical decisions on treatment"

And

"Our results indicate that the presence of any number of infected nymphs may be considered sufficient to recommend post-exposure prophylaxis."

In other words, using tick infection rate maps like this is questionable in a clinical setting, and in fact even low risk areas are enough to consider a diagnosis and treatment.

How the author got from there, to the HuffPo quote of "In areas that are low risk, a case of Lyme disease is not impossible but it's highly unlikely, so the clinician should be considering other diagnoses." - I don't know. Maybe I will write and ask.

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Post this map up on the huff!!
Here is a map for pet owners.. Hmm the pets get better warning and care then humans.. You just got to hate the IDSA & CDC!!!

This map contradicts the huff, IDSA & YALE maps!
Which diseases have been confirmed in your neighborhood? click me...


The IDSA is killing people and they know it!

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Abxnomore
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Good find! I posted it on Huff Po.

Keep the comments coming:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/06/lyme-disease-map-pinpoints-areas_n_1256859.html

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more info

http://flash.lymenet.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php/topic/3/29658

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This study seems like a mixed bag to me. They clearly missed some areas of the country so obviously that's not helpful. But they did accurately identify some areas as high risk that need the recognition. For example, Northern Virginia made it into the high risk area and that's probably news to most of the ID docs in Northern Virginia, or at least the one I visited who asked me if I'd been traveling in the Northeast. Answer: no.
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I agree with you. At least some information is out there and there is a good amount of comments bringing additional light to the situation.

Please add your comments on Huff Po:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/06/lyme-disease-map-pinpoints-areas_n_1256859.html

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Here's my post:

Please correct your public awareness video information. A large percentage of those who contract Lyme never present with a rash (perhaps as much as 50%), and only perhaps half of those that do present with the "bulls eye" rash. I have Lyme, presented with a rash, and two different doctors never even considered Lyme since it was not a bulls eye shape. As far as the map, that may be based on CDC reported cases...but if local MD's don't even consider Lyme, they will miss real cases and hence few cases reported. I recently went to a new Lyme support group here in Louisville, KY, and there were 30+ Lyme sufferers there who don't consider our region "low risk". Under reported yes, low risk, not in the least.

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Great comment! Good job. It's good to see so many comments posted.

Keep them coming:


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Sending this up just one more time for those who missed it and may want to comment on the Huff Po website.

It's great to see so many comments in response to this article:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/06/lyme-disease-map-pinpoints-areas_n_1256859.html

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Hey, not bad. 567 comments have been posted! [Big Grin]

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