Scientists have documented more Lyme disease bacterial species and strains in the Southeastern USA than in any other region of the country. Current tests are not designed to detect these. A negative test cannot rule out Lyme disease.
Thousands of citizens have contracted Lyme disease in the Southern USA but, due to different regional reporting methods, their cases are not reportable. Since the early 1990's, GALDA has documented hundreds of Georgia Lyme cases involving no travel history. Some Georgia patients report they've contracted Lyme borreliosis two and even three times and families report multiple members are infected. Due to the misconception that Lyme is "rare" in the South, cases often go unrecognized until it is too late. Sadly, this has been occurring for decades.
Why aren't Lyme disease cases in southern states reported to the CDC? Learn about the different reporting practices used which prevent southern cases from showing up in statistics. http://galymediseaseassoc.blogspot.com/
Flawed statistics make people believe Lyme disease is rare in the South. This leads to misdiagnosis and delays the early treatment that is crucial to prevent ongoing symptoms and permanent damage seen in later stage Lyme disease.
Learn more about Lyme disease & other tick-borne infections in the Southeastern USA. Visit our website at www.GeorgiaLymeDisease.org