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Marked Increase in Reported Human Lyme Disease Cases

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Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2015 7:42 AM

Healthcare providers are advised to consider Lyme disease if patients present with EM, facial palsy, or pain and swelling in joints. The two-tier recommended laboratory testing strategy consists of an EIA (enzyme immunoassay) with reflex to Western blot. If the EIA is negative, then no further testing is recommended. If the EIA is positive or indeterminate, IgM and IgG Western blots should be performed (IgM and IgG Western blots if the specimen was collected ≤ 30 days from onset of symptoms and IgG Western blot only if the specimen was collected > 30 days from onset of symptoms). For more information please see attached.

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wv han advisiory 0102 marked increase in human lyme disease cases revised 08 12 15 final.pdf

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