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Tests Lyme Disease
Tests Lyme Disease

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Tests for Lyme disease miss many early cases — but a new approach could help

As a kid in rural Connecticut in the early 2000s, Kathleen McWilliams was well acquainted with the danger of ticks. After days spent playing outside in the wooded areas around her house, “our home routine was you brushed your teeth, you went to the bathroom, and you did a tick check,” she said.

So when, at age 15, McWilliams suddenly spiked a 104-degree fever, her mom immediately thought Lyme disease, the tick-borne illness caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. She requested a Lyme test. While they waited for results, McWilliams’s symptoms morphed into near-constant dizziness and achy joints, two more markers of the disease.

But, after two weeks had passed, they…

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 Tests for Lyme disease miss many early cases — but a new approach could help

The CDC cautions that because the test is not likely to be positive until 4 to 6 weeks after infection, doctors who suspect Lyme based on symptoms should prescribe antibiotics even if the test is negative.

IGeneX

IGeneX, Inc. is a reference laboratory specializing in state-of-the-art clinical and research testing for Lyme Disease and Associated Tick-borne Diseases.

Envita

... it is our goal at Envita to bring our patients the best medical treatment possible, and we are working hard to validate this new testing process because we believe that genomic testing is the future of personalized medicine and offers hope for those suffering from chronic Lyme disease.

Lyme Test Access Program

The Lyme Test Access Program (Lyme-TAP) is a nationwide patient assistance program to provide assistance for initial Lyme-related lab tests to patients who demonstrate true financial need.

LymeDisease.org

The current FDA cleared tests have poor sensitivity and miss more than 50% of patients with Lyme disease.

Tick Testing

Free Tick Testing Now Available... Our goal at Bay Area Lyme Foundation is to provide individuals with free, timely information as to whether a tick they have encountered is—an infected or uninfected tick. By sending us your tick(s) you are participating in a citizen science project and national tick-collection/testing effort which will enable our scientists to compare past and potential future distributions of ticks and tick-borne disease. Our hope is that by collecting this data, we may be able to predict where risk of disease is most common.

CDC

Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks; laboratory testing is helpful if used correctly and performed with validated methods. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics.

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