Tick Borne Diseases Symposium Comes to UF
Published December 5th, 2013
GAINESVILLE- A tiny creature is causing a big controversy among scientists who are here for a crucial debate.
Experts disagree on whether "Lyme disease" is actually a real problem in the Sunshine State.
The University of Florida hosted a tick borne illness symposium featuring local state and national experts on the topic including Dr. Paul Mead from the Center for Disease Control.
There are a host of conditions mistaken for Lyme disease and mead says it's important to differentiate between them.
The Center for Disease Control's, Dr. Paul Mead says, "it's not that we're trying to disregard anyone's illness, we want our patients to get the right diagnoses."
The standard for care for lyme disease is 2 to 4 weeks of antibiotics-- according to the CDC after treatment symptoms should clear or improve.
Between 1993 and 2010 the annual number of cases of Lyme diseases in Florida increased 140 percent.
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