Are we missing most cases of Lyme disease in Alabama?

Excerpted from  the Anniston Star ( Posted: 10/26/2010 )

Ticks crawled all over Damien Willis during the year he dragged a nine-square-foot white cloth through the leaf litter around Coleman Lake.

Willis was collecting ticks for a study on how forest fires impact population levels and the presence of the bacterium suspected to cause Lyme disease in the South.

“It would blow your mind how well it works,” Willis said about the cloth’s effectiveness at harvesting ticks.

He swooped up 485 ticks with the cloth, finding that tick populations rebounded two years after a burn. He also found himself with Lyme disease.

“There’s no doubt. I was getting covered in larval ticks, sometimes a couple hundred on me at one time,” Willis said. “As soon as I started showing symptoms I knew what it was.”

But Willis never tested positive for Lyme disease, because doctors in Alabama rarely perform the test due the fact that it almost never tests positive.

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~ by Rob on October 27, 2010.

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