A lot of reporters say, “Oh, if you get bitten, you just get treated and it’s fine, right?” Nope. Not that simple.
People keep asking me, “What were your symptoms? How did you know you have Lyme disease?” To say “it’s complicated” is an understatement.
Journalists have a unique and vitally important role in informing the public, particularly when trusted authorities neglect to do so adequately. The nation’s public health demands greater investigative reporting related to Lyme disease for reasons discussed below.
Lyme disease is unique among infectious diseases. Here are some basics journalists must keep in mind when reporting on Lyme and associated diseases.
The red blood cell parasite Babesia is transmitted increasingly in the United States through blood transfusions, yet unlike with HIV, donated blood is never tested for Babesia.
Lyme and AIDS have one thing in common: politics.