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Healthcare providers in North Carolina have limited experience diagnosing and managing Lyme disease because few cases occur annually statewide. Researchers have published a case study that demonstrates the need for greater awareness and professional education. The article outlines the prolonged diagnostic course for a patient with locally acquired Lyme disease in North Carolina.

The study team included Ross M. Boyce, Peyton Pretsch, Kay Tyrlik, and Dana Giandomenico with the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases and Carolina Population Center, with Alexis M. Barbarin and Carl Williams at the NC Department of Health and Human Services. Abigail Schulz at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria also collaborated.
In this News and Observer article, Boyce, an assistant professor of medicine and epidemiology, urges doctors to be on the lookout for Lyme so that patients can be treated early and have the best chance to fully recover.

Read the case report here