Apparently the Lyme Wars are not over. A press release from the Mayday
Project, was issued by LymeDisease.org stating: “In an email response
to the petition, Beth P. Bell, MD, Director of CDC’s National Center
for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), declined to take
action, saying, “CDC believes that IDSA guidelines currently represent
the best available synthesis of the medical literature on the diagnosis
and treatment of Lyme disease.”
Is there a big difference between the IDSA guidelines issued in 2006 and
the ILADS guidelines developed in 2014 and posted on the National Guidelines
Clearinghouse this year?
The IDSA guidelines state that there is no such thing as chronic Lyme disease,
and that a 2-4 week course of antibiotics is enough for anyone who has
been infected with
Borrelia burgdorferi, the spirochete that causes Lyme disease.
The ILADS guidelines recognize that chronic Lyme disease does exist, that
people can become very ill from it, that is can be treated with lengthy
courses of antibiotics (like tuberculosis, months rather than weeks of
therapy) and that other factors may play a part in how the disease unfolds
and how rapidly it can be treated.
Click here for more information on Lyme disease diagnosis, the difference between
the two sets of guidelines, and how we treat Lyme disease at the Arizona
Center for Advanced Medicine.
Click here if you wish to contact Beth P. Bell, MD, Director of CDC’s National
Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), to comment
on her decision.