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Study shows prevalence of Lyme disease being misdiagnosed

When summer arrives in Pennsylvania, many people will spend a great deal of time enjoying the outdoors. It also opens up the possibility of having to deal with various illnesses that can be contracted outside. One such problem is Lyme disease. Not only is Lyme disease a serious issue, but it is often compounded by it being misdiagnosed.

In a 2015 survey that included more than 6,100 people, 61 percent of Lyme disease sufferers said that they did not receive the right diagnosis for two years. Only slightly more than one out of five respondents stated that they received an accurate diagnosis of Lyme disease within six months of when they began to experience the symptoms. Nearly half of those who took part in the survey said that they were subjected to delayed testing or were not tested at all because their doctors told them that the disease was not in their area.

Half of those surveyed said they were sick for more than a decade with 73 percent saying they had fair or poor health. Lab tests missed the right diagnosis in more than half of the cases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 300,000 people are found to have Lyme disease on an annual basis, with 25 percent being children. Lyme disease also hinders people from being able to function normally as 42 percent stated that they were forced to stop working or reduce their hours. Many require disability benefits.

A vast majority said they felt more testing for the disease should be done even in areas where it is not prevalent. Given the problems that people can face from Lyme disease and that these are made worse when there is a misdiagnosis, it may be advisable for those who have been the victim of this type of professional negligence to speak with an attorney in order to determine the available ways of seeking compensation for their losses.

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