Some Lyme disease patients turn to unproven treatments—with dangerous results – The Daily Briefing

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Many patients with Lyme disease feel their symptoms aren’t taken seriously by mainstream medical providers, leading to a flourishing market of unregulated and unproven treatments that can be dangerous—and even fatal, Lindsay Gellman reports for Bloomberg Businessweek.

Some patients have Lyme disease symptoms for years

According to CDC, about 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported each year to the agency, but CDC believes that there likely are about 300,000 new cases of Lyme disease each year. In North America, the disease is most often caused by an infection from Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria in the species, and it’s usually transmitted through tick bites.

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