Lyme disease tests wrong for 24 Canadians

Excerpted from CBC News  ( Posted: 02/24/2011 ) 

Two dozen Canadians were wrongly told they didn’t have Lyme disease when they in fact have the illness, CBC News has learned.

Lyme disease is caused by a bite from an infected tick. Without antibiotic treatment, it can make people feel fatigue, chills, fever, headache, muscle and joint pain and memory or neurologic problems that can linger for months or years.

After Canada’s National Microbiology in Winnipeg made a mistake in tests starting about six months ago, 16 people were treated anyway despite the negative test result, two never fell sick enough to seek treatment, one is going to get treatment, and there’s no information on the others.

“There are 24 individuals who we reported out falsely, negative test results,” Dr. Frank Plummer, scientific

For the complete article:   http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2011/02/24/lyme-disease.html?ref=rss

~ by Rob on February 25, 2011.

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