About Lyme Disease
Lyme disease was first recognized in 1975. after several children developed juvenile arthritis in the small town of Lyme, Connecticut.
Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. This bacterial infection is transmitted by a tick. The most common infected animals are deer, field mice, raccoons, opossums, skunks, weasels, foxes and squiirrels. This disease is hard to diagnose. Many people do not remember being bitten by a tick and the rash "erythema migrans" only occurs in about 50% of cases. Some tests may not be positive for six weeks, and patients treated early with antibiotics may never test positive. Lyme disease untreated can lead to arthitis, neurological symptoms and heart problems. The number of reported cases in northern virginia is increasing.
At the Lee clinic we offer specific antibody testing and use laboratories which can test specifically for borrelia. Dr. Lee has extensive experience in treating patients with Lyme disease.