Dr. Sin Hang Lee and his associates at Milford Hospital in Connecticut have developed a DNA test that can determine the presence of Lyme bacteria in the blood.
If Lyme disease is treated quickly, recovery can be quick as well. Delay allows for a cascade effect of breakdown in the body however and the longer the bacteria remains, the worse things will get.
Lyme disease is spread by deer ticks that carry the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. After incubation of up to a month in the human host the bacteria can spread to lymph nodes or through the blood stream to organs throughout the body.
"Dr. Lee said, 'untreated or inadequately treated patients may develop tissue damages in the joints, the heart and the nervous system as a result of the bacterial infection. Since there were no reliable laboratory tests to confirm the clinical diagnosis, Lyme disease has been both over-diagnosed and under-diagnosed. Erroneous over-diagnoses of Lyme disease may cause unnecessary use of antibiotics which are associated with serious undesirable side effects in certain patients.' "