Vermont is receiving rank number two for Lyme disease in the country, and it’s endemic in the state. Many critics are saying that the problem with the Lyme disease is from another angle, the lack of early diagnosis and treatment. From the statistics gathered in 2017, Vermont was having 1.093 cases of Lyme disease, and in 2018, even if we don’t have the data yet, the State Public Health Veterinarian gives an approximate number between 500 to 600 cases.
Moreover, Lyme disease is not the only one increasing, because other diseases such as Babesiosis and Anaplasmosis are rising in Vermont. The areas affected by the disease are on the Northern edge of the country, like Vermont. And after Vermont come Bennington County, Rutland, Windsor, Windham, Addison, and Grand Isle Counties. Even if we don’t know how this year will be with the disease, people must know that the Lyme disease rates are highest in June and July.
Also, a researcher of ticks at Green Mountain College, Bill Landesman, says that Vermont is the perfect area for Lyme rates to go higher. The region is the ideal host because of the white-tailed deer and deer mice, the primary tick carriers. The problems come when the infection rate is higher, especially on adults in the summer season (40% to 60%). And every square meter is full of ticks.
Besides this, the Lyme disease isn’t showing the classic symptoms from the start. So this is the most significant problems faced by patients and doctors. The doctors are saying that they don’t know everything about the Lyme disease. They must fully understand the mechanism for something, in our case, the Lyme disease, to try and solve the problem. If they don’t know everything, the issue becomes more frustrating.
Drawing to a close, if misdiagnosis of Lyme disease is leading the patient on a long way of wrong treatment, the infection can last longer. So the Lyme community is divided about the form of addressing the problem. One part wants to look for guidelines from the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society for more ways to test it. The other part is regarding the standards from the Centers for Disease Control with skepticism. A naturopathic Lyme specialist, Alexis Chesney says that the best way to solve the Lyme disease is to prevent it.
Brad is a former Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, is an award-winning travel, culture, and parenting writer. His writing has appeared in many of the Canada’s most respected and credible publications, including the Toronto Star, CBC News and on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine. A meticulous researcher who’s not afraid to be controversial, he is nationally known as a journalist who opens people’s eyes to the realities behind accepted practices in the care of children. Brad is a contributing journalist to Advocator.ca