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PUB-045: Lyme Disease Detection, Testing and Treatment

Lyme Disease Detection, Testing and Treatment: The Wisconsin Medical Society:

  • Acknowledges the high and increasing incidence of Lyme disease in Wisconsin, particularly in the northwest and central regions of the state.
  • Acknowledges that Lyme disease can be difficult or complicated to diagnose because the symptoms of Lyme disease are similar to those of other viral or bacterial infections.
  • Encourages increased awareness by physicians and other health care professionals of the prevalence of Lyme disease in Wisconsin, and to bear this in mind when seeking a diagnosis.
  • Supports both the mandatory and optional reporting guidelines of Lyme disease outlined by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
  • Recommends that physicians be educated and informed about the latest guidelines on diagnosis and treatment put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
  • Supports the Infectious Diseases Society of America‚Äôs guidelines for the prevention of exposure to ticks and their related infections.
  • Supports continued research into more specific and sensitive tests for Lyme disease, and implementation of such tests after they are approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are related to treatment.
  • Supports continued research on Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS) or Chronic Lyme Disease, which can cause fatigue, pain and aches lasting more than 6 months but for which few treatments are available. (HOD, 0416)