Lyme Disease is the fastest spreading vector borne disease in the world. It is becoming obvious that the ticks and other insects that may spread the Lyme bacteria (Borrelia burgdorferi, Bb) and other infections, know no boundaries. The ticks that carry Lyme disease and numerous co-infections, are very hardy and their area of habitat is not just limited to New England. Ticks are able to withstand varied climatic conditions.
Numerous patients are being told that the ticks that spread Lyme disease just do not live in their state and as a result doctors are saying there is very little chance that the patient's problems could be due to Lyme disease. Many times the coinfections are not even discussed. However, these seem to play just as important of a role in causing disease as Bb. Some researchers feel that perhaps the many different co-infections, such as babesia, erlichia, bartonella, mycoplasma, certain viruses, etc, may work in synergy with each other to cause the complex disease we call chronic Lyme.
So, despite the denial that Lyme does not exist in certain states, there have been confirmed reports of Lyme disease in just about every state, including Texas. There are no tick border patrols. The incidence of autoimmune diseases and other chronic conditions seems to be escalating in proportion to the infection/coinfection epidemic.
Vast numbers of people with Lyme and other co-infections are being misdiagnosed with nonspecific labels such as Multiple Sclerosis (M.S.), ALS, Alzheimer's disease, Fibromyalgia, Parkinson's, Lupus, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and many others. All of these disease labels only describe the symptoms, not the cause. Most of these disease labels have no known definitive tests, causes or cures, only symptomatic treatments........Read More http://www.publichealthalert.org/Articles/marjorietietjen/lyme%20disease%20unraveling.html