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Lyme disease special series: Bitten by uncertainty

Deer ticks and Lyme disease (Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff)
Part 4 in a series

Many tests to diagnose Lyme, but no proof they do

A small private lab’s unregulated testing procedures are coming under scrutiny by scientists and regulators for lack of proof that they work, as well as other factors.
Part 3

For some Lyme patients, symptoms linger

Some Lyme disease patients have symptoms that can linger for years despite standard treatment. Scientists are puzzling over how that can be.
Part 2

Ticks’ stealthiness hamper Lyme disease prevention

Efforts to keep ticks and people apart have foundered, even as Lyme and other tick-borne diseases increase and spread across New England. - Beth Daley, Globe Staff
Part 1

As Lyme disease cases rise so does the controversy

It's a controversy with significance far beyond Lyme, reflecting gaping differences in how segments of the medical world and the public cope with scientific uncertainty.

Your stories

Daily Dose

Confronting a tick head on

Boston Globe reporter Beth Daley recounts her experience with finding a tick.
The Green Blog

Relative's illness spurred reporter

Boston Globe reporter Beth Daley reflects on the health struggles of a loved one who may have suffered from Lyme disease.
Discuss

How long before your diagnosis?

What's your story? Share here and talk with other Boston.com readers who might be able to relate.
(Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff )
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Your Lyme disease experiece

Have you or someone you know sought medical help for Lyme disease? Share your personal story.

More Lyme disease news

Other tick bite dangers

Patients who test negative for Lyme disease after a suspected tick bite could instead be suffering from a recently-identified illness also spread by deer ticks.

Maine Gov. signs Lyme disease bill

The bill requires the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention to include certain information on its website about Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment.

Additional resources

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. More from the CDC
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Lyme disease prevention tips

Follow these 6 easy steps to stay tick-free.
Quiz

Tick risk calculator

How protected is your yard against deer ticks? Take this quiz to find out.