Joka vuosi tuhannet tautiin sairastuneet diagnosoidaan virheellisesti eikä taudin vaikutusta yksilötasolla, poliittisesti, ja tieteellisesti, oteta riittävän vakavasti. Lukemattomat ihmiset ympäri maailmaa ovat saaneet aiemmin diagnooseikseen esim. kroonisen väsymysoireyhtymän. Myöhemmissä testauksissa heidän oireidensa syyksi on löydetty borreliabakteeri.
UK Professor Commits Suicide.
This is London reports: ?One of the country's top experts on modern life may have killed himself after catching a rare brain disease from a tiny insect bite. University professor Alasdair Crockett was found dead in woods near his home on Saturday 48 hours after he was reported missing. A former research fellow at Nuffield College Dr Crockett took up a senior part-time post last year with a prestigious think tank that monitors life in modern Britain. But his life changed as he was forced to come to terms with the more serious long-term effects of Lyme Disease, an illness initially caused by an insect bite and often picked up by walkers and ramblers.?
One Click comments: ?Far from rare, Lyme Disease/Borreliosis is a hidden epidemic and represents a national health crisis. Dr Crockett, like so many others in the Britain and around the world, was having difficulty obtaining the correct treatment for Lyme disease/Borreliosis. Each year, thousands are misdiagnosed and the shocking human, scientific and political dimensions of Lyme Disease/Borreliosis are ignored. Countless numbers of patients around the world previously diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are now testing positive for Lyme Disease/Borreliosis. It has been reported that Dr Crockett was known to many of us in the UK Lyme Disease/Borreliosis community. His death is a tragedy. Our hearts go out to Dr Crockett and his family. This is a terribly, terribly sad day for all.? One Click, UK
Widow of Lyme disease victim appeals for help
BRIAN DONNELLY September 19 2006
THE grieving widow of a leading academic who killed himself while suffering from a brain disease caused by a tiny insect bite yesterday called for better screening and detection of the condition.
Frances Crockett, widow of university professor Alasdair Crockett, from Fraserburgh, made the call as she revealed she had also contracted Lyme disease, which attacks the brain and nervous system.
Dr Crockett was found dead in woods a mile from his home at the weekend after leaving a suicide letter and apparently swallowing an overdose of the medication he took to control the illness. His death comes as cases of the disease have been increasing in Scotland. In 1994, there as just a single case of Lyme disease confirmed in Scotland. But by 2004 the figure had risen to 86 and last year it reached 96. Mrs Crockett said yesterday that her husband had suffered progressive symptoms of Lyme Disease.
She said at the family's home in Brightlingsea, Essex: "Wherever it came from it affected him increasingly and while he sought treatment I believe it was not diagnosed until it was too late."
A spokeswoman for Lyme Disease Action said that caught early the illness can usually be treated with antibiotics but in rare cases it attacks the nervous system and leads to mental health problems.
Cecylia Malenczak, of LDA, said: "If left untreated it can lead to an extensive range of symptoms including headaches, neuralgia, twitching, heart pain, fatigue, depression, psychoses and violent behaviour.
"Victims can be misdiagnosed as suffering from ME or glandular fever but if left untreated as in Alasdair's case it becomes chronic and can lead sufferers to think there is no future for them."
Dr Crockett, 38, vanished from his £200,000 detached four-bed home last Thursday and his anxious wife notified police immediately. The next day she received a letter posted by her husband in which he told her what he intended to do and where he could be found. A search and rescue team supporting the police hunt found his body in woods on Saturday afternoon.
An inquest will be held but a spokesman for Essex police confirmed that officers were not looking for anyone else in connection with Dr Crockett's death.