Lyme Aid

“In 1975, two mothers living near Lyme, Connecticut, reported an outbreak of juvenile arthritis among 39 children. Field interviews by rheumatologist Allen Steere, from the Yale School of Medicine, and David Snydman, from the state health department, revealed striking similarities between many of the patients. They all lived in wooded areas of town. Many said their symptoms occurred between June and September. Most notably, a quarter of them also reported a red skin lesion, shaped like a bull’s-eye, that appeared about four weeks before their arthritis began.” Since then, Lyme disease has gotten a lot more common. Do we finally have a shot to prevent Lyme Disease? (And if we find it, will people be willing to take it, or is the freedom to get Lyme Disease a value too sacred to relinquish?)

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