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Johns Hopkins Health - 20,000 people in the U.S. have Lyme disease

Fall 2008
Issue No. 2

20,000 people in the U.S. have Lyme disease

Date: September 24, 2008


Because of its signature bull’s-eye rash, the tick-borne illness is easy to detect and diagnose with blood tests and then treat with antibiotics.

But watch for long-term alternative treatments for so-called “chronic Lyme disease,” especially long-term antibiotics, says Paul Auwaerter, M.D., clinical director of Johns Hopkins infectious diseases. “For patients with persisting symptoms after initial treatment for Lyme disease,” he says, “long-term antibiotics were no better than placebo.”

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