Despite data, Lyme disease sufferers say infection has arrived in Utah

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  • stacneggser OREM, UT
    Feb. 14, 2012 5:30 p.m.

    Dr. Sankar Swaminathan is going by the IDSA guidelines, which have been called into question. Anyone seeking Lyme disease information and treatment should be aware of the guidelines outlined by ILADS, NOT THE IDSA. Any physician not using clinical observations and strictly using tests to diagnose Lyme disease is doing an extreme disservice to their patients. Why be so surprised to hear that Lyme disease is in Utah? It's only a matter of time before Lyme disease will be as prevalent here as it is along the coasts. (NEW YORK resident for 15 years and a witness to the epidemic.)

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 7:08 p.m.

    'Despite data, Lyme disease sufferers say infection has arrived in Utah' - title

    Oh, good.

    We can add it to the worst air quality in the nation...

    and the depleted uranium.

  • luv2organize Gainesville, VA
    Feb. 13, 2012 2:14 p.m.

    My son also got bit at boys camp and his symptoms were text book - thank heavens. He had the bulls eye rash that shocks me anyone would dismiss as this article states. He was very ill but because we caught it quickly a strong and long round of antibiotics cured the problem. Surprisingly his blood work showed a positive for Lyme Disease which isn't always the case for people as there is only a small window in showing a positive even if that is what a person has. I hope that a treatment can be found as I know how debilitating it can be.

  • Johnson72 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 11:27 a.m.

    Does this make Utah a Super Star State now?

  • md Cache, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 6:22 a.m.

    Beware of the chiropractors and naturopaths who are treating this with "ozone therapy". A lot of people are spending their life savings for something that is not proven effective on a diagnosis that is unsure.

  • Richard Pollack Needham, MA
    Feb. 12, 2012 7:05 a.m.

    Ticks can be carried impressive distances on the bodies of birds. So, even though Utah is far from areas where Lyme disease is normally expected, it can be possible to acquire this infection there. Symptoms often ascribed to Lyme disease also manifest from many other infections and conditions. Hence, testing is critical. Readers should note that finding and promptly removing ticks (from a person or pet) can dramatically reduce risk of infection. Once the tick has been removed, have it identified. Only certain kinds of ticks can transmit the agent of Lyme disease. Other ticks may transmit other infections. The longer the tick is attached, the greater the risk of infection. Educational information about ticks, and help with identification can be found online from IdentifyUS LLC.