Mar 1st, 2013 By Cole Chapman, The Metro West Daily News
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“We need to educate members of the medical profession… in recognizing the prevalence of Lyme disease and knowing that there are treatment options out there,” said commission chairman Rep. David Linsky, D-Natick. “You would be amazed at the lack of understanding of a lot of physicians and people in the medical community.”
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by the bite of an infected deer tick. Common symptoms are similar to the flu, with fever, aches and pains. But the disease can cause long-term problems, including a form of arthritis and even heart disease.
Linksy said the report was made “to ensure that the Lyme disease epidemic, and it is an epidemic, is controlled so future infections can be prevented.”