CDC educator and ex-Lymie spreads truths about LD

Excerpted from KAKE.com  ( Posted: 06/01/2010 )

Judith Weeg contracted Lyme disease 15 years ago in Philadelphia. She was working as a health educator for the Centers for Disease Control at the time.

The disease cost the Iowa City native her ability to read and write, and she was eventually confined to a wheelchair.

But Weeg wasn’t diagnosed with Lyme disease for two years after her debilitating symptoms began, until a specialist in Kansas City diagnosed her with a strain of the bacteria and put her on a round of successful antibiotic treatments.

Now Weeg, co-founder in 2004 of the Lyme Disease Association of Iowa and president of the Lyme Disease United Coalition, is determined to educate the public about the causes of Lyme disease and how to properly diagnose and treat the illness.

According to the CDC, there have been 827 reported cases of Lyme Disease in Iowa from 1990 to 2008, including 109 reported in 2008. But Weeg thinks the actual number is much higher.

“Only 10 percent of cases are reported by the CDC. No one’s really minding this shop properly,” Weeg said.

For the full story: http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20100601/NEWS01/6010312/1079/

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~ by Rob on June 1, 2010.

One Response to “CDC educator and ex-Lymie spreads truths about LD”

  1. Ms. Weeg,
    I am so happy you were able to recover from your Lyme symptoms. If you have any advice for us, your suggestions would be greatly welcomed.

    Thank you, and a special thanks for courageously sharing the realities of LD,
    Rob

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