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Lyme disease 10 times more common than thought

August 20, 2013
  • By Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health

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Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health

Pat Skerrett is the editor of STAT's First Opinion and host of the First Opinion podcast. He is the former editor of the Harvard Health blog and former Executive Editor of Harvard Health Publishing. Before that, he was editor of … See Full Bio
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October 13, 2013

I blog frequently and I really appreciate your information. Your article has truly peaked my interest. I will take a note of your website and keep checking for new details about once a week. I opted in for your Feed as well.

September 16, 2013

I will never forget when I was a kid, my Dad pulled a tick from the base of my neck, and then set fire to it.
It scorched a place of my Mom’s hard wood floor. She never did find out where it came from.

I got the tick from fishing with my Dad on the previous day, so I was ordered to silence. The tick was engorged and I had no idea it was there.

Janet Barry
September 4, 2013

While my daughter’s father-in-law is being treated for Lyme disease in CT, one of my dogs has been exposed to Lyme disease in Poway (San Diego County) this summer. I have never heard of it here in our area, but apparently it is here to stay. This occurred in my own backyard. A routine test for heartworm from my vet showed this exposure. People on the west coast think they and their animals are immune, but that is not the case. Get tested, and have your animals tested if you find ticks or the “red ring” on your body. I hear it is extremely painful.

August 22, 2013

Which insect repellent, will you advise.

August 20, 2013

It’s sad to see such bad maths. The CDC writes that 300 000 is “10 times higher than” 30 000. But the expression means 11 times. CDC being rather an important body should know better but while it may be excusable for them, I really expect more from a world reknowned institution like Harvard. “Lyme disease 10 times more common than thought” should be “Lyme disease 10 times as common as thought”. I would also add the word “previously” before “thought”.

August 23, 2013

Seriously? Isn’t life too short for this kind of stuff?

FWIW, I am not sure you are winning any awards with this sentence from above:

“It’s sad to see such bad maths.”

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