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Lyme disease is misunderstood
Doctors misdiagnose the disease in its early stages
lyme disease bacteria
Above is a three-dimensional image of borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria which is the predominant cause of Lyme disease. It exists in North America and Europe. - photo by Contributed/Gary Cepek

The monthly Lyme Disease support group meeting is scheduled for April 24 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Hillsboro Public Library meeting room, 819 High Ave.

This month we feature information from the World Lyme Day Organization and a photo from WEB MD of the bacteria, borrelia burgdorferi. You can find the first site at

The following information is cited from this link:

The population of people around the world with Lyme disease is growing. Lyme is the most misunderstood, misdiagnosed, and mistreated disease of modern time. Physicians are untrained to identify the disease in early stages, which allows it to turn into a chronic disease. Left untreated, Lyme disease may affect any system or function of the body. This includes the brain, organs, and joints. Often misdiagnosed as ALS, MS, lupus, Alzheimer/dementia, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety/panic, autism, dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, to name only a few.

Patients with Lyme disease often have multiple pathogens, not only the Lyme bacteria. This occurs usually because the vector which infected them (ie: tick bite) carried many harmful bacteria or parasites. So, commonly when we say “Lyme Disease” we include those also. Examples of these co-infections are: bartonella, babesia, ehrlichia, brucella, powassan virus.

Lyme disease is transmitted by biting insects such as ticks, spiders, flies most commonly. It is also congenital, meaning you can be born infected. It can cause birth defects, stillbirth, and spontaneous abortion. New studies show persons infected with Lyme disease may be able to pass the disease sexually, making it a sexually transmitted disease.

May 1 is World Lyme Day. The month of May is World Lyme Month.

Questions about our meeting or its purpose(s) may be emailed to , or telephone 608-489-2725 (ask for Gary), or mail to this address: Gary Cepek, S1468 Cepek Rd., Elroy, WI 53929