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Medical Minute: Facts About Lyme Disease In Georgia

Blacklegged ticks (depicted here) are known vectors for the pathogen responsible for causing Lyme disease.
Blacklegged ticks (depicted here) are known vectors for the pathogen responsible for causing Lyme disease.
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In this week’s “Medical Minute,” Dr. Ford Vox and Jim Burress talk about Kris Kristofferson’s case of Lyme disease, and what Georgians need to know about tick-borne illnesses in the state.

For more information:

Rolling Stone: Kris Kristofferson: An Outlaw at 80.

Stromdahl et al. Borrelia burgdorferi Not Confirmed in Human-Biting Amblyomma americanum Ticks from the Southeastern United States. Journal of Clinical Microbiology. 2015 May; 53(5): 1697–1704.

Clark et al. Lyme Borreliosis in Human Patients in Florida and Georgia, USA. International Journal of Medical Sciences. 2013; 10(7): 915–931.

Clark et al. Geographical and genospecies distribution of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato DNA detected in humans in the USA. Journal of Medical Microbiology. 2014 May;63(Pt 5):674-84.

Topakian et al. Dramatic response to a 3-week course of ceftriaxone in late neuroborreliosis mimicking atypical dementia and normal pressure hydrocephalus. Journal of the Neurological Sciences. Volume 366, 15 July 2016, Pages 146–148.

Lantos et al. Geographic Expansion of Lyme Disease in the Southeastern United States, 2000–2014. Open Forum Infectious Diseases. 2015 Sep 27;2(4):ofv143.

Dr. Ford Vox is a medical journalist and commentator who has served as WABE 90.1’s medical analyst since 2015.