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Lyme disease task force meeting draws experts, families

In Lyme Disease on December 21, 2010 at 6:29 am

Experts on the Lyme disease task force panel testify in Purcellville Nov. 30. Times-Mirror Staff Photo/ Rachel Leon.

The new statewide Lyme disease task force drew both local families and people from out of state to its first meeting in Purcellville Nov. 30.

Experts and local families testified about how the common disease is often misdiagnosed and untreated, leading to years of chronic complications.

The average person with Lyme disease goes undiagnosed for 1.8 years, with some suffering as long as eight to 10 years without diagnosis and treatment. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 28 percent of doctors misdiagnose the bulls-eye rash associated with Lyme disease as eczema.

The disease is especially prevalent in Loudoun, and nearby states are looking to Virginia for advances in prevention, treatment and quick diagnosis. More

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