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Ticked off

Posted by Ralph Ranalli April 27, 2007 09:05 AM

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NEEDHAM

In 1975, Polly Murray’s husband and two sons were stricken with what seemed to be a contagious form of rheumatoid arthritis.

In another corner of their woodsy Connecticut suburb, Judith Mensch’s 8-year-old daughter also fell ill with joint pain, fever and headaches. Four other children on Mensch’s block complained of similar symptoms. So began a medical mystery in Lyme, Conn., which wasn’t solved until eight years later with the discovery of Lyme Disease.

The Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Needham will educate residents next week on how to recognize disease-carrying ticks. Dr. Jonathon A. Edlow, an expert on Lyme disease and tick-borne illnesses, will discuss the history, symptoms and treatments for Lyme disease.

Edlow is the deputy chief of emergency medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and wrote the book, “Bull’s Eye: Unraveling the Medical Mystery of Lyme Disease.”

The free lecture takes place on Monday, May 7, in the hospital’s Dickerson Room, starting at 7 p.m.

-- Lauren K. Meade

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