The recommended one dose antibiotic as recommended by the Infectious Disease Society of America didn't stop progression of Lyme in Senator. More aggressive treatment needed.
From Politics on the Hudson - May 24th, 2007
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is undergoing a 21-day treatment of antibiotics for possible Lyme disease.
Schumer said in an interview he thinks he was exposed to a tick carrying Lyme disease while he was conducting a series of news conferences on dangerous dams in the Hudson Valley earlier this month.
In the wake of recent flooding from heavy rain that has filled area reservoirs, Schumer visited the Veterans? Memorial Lake Dam on Gypsy Trail Road in Putnam County, the Whaley Lake Dam in Dutchess County and Beaver Dam in Orange County with Rep. John Hall, D-Dover Plains, to highlight legislation that would provide money for conducting safety assessments and an upgrade of the aging dams.
Although Schumer wore a suit during the May 7 news conferences, a tick apparently climbed up the sock on the Brooklyn lawmaker?s left leg and picked a location below his knee to engorge itself.
Schumer said he went to a physician to have the tick removed immediately after discovering it. But the three days of antibiotics he was initially prescribed did not stop a reddish bull?s-eye from appearing a few days later. He then consulted a second physician more familiar with the treatment of Lyme disease, who recommended a more aggressive treatment.
The senator?s spokeman, Josh Vlasto, stressed Thursday that the treatment is preventative. ?He doesn?t have any symptoms, and the bull?s-eye is already going down,?? said Vlasto.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the symptoms of Lyme disease typically include a skin rash, fatigue, headaches and fever, but if not treated it can spread to the joints, the heart and nervous system. Most cases ? especially those detected early ? can be treated and cured with antibiotics.