The Boston Globe recently reported that three individuals died last year from heart inflammation due to undiagnosed Lyme disease.
Lyme disease can permanently change a person’s health, though only about 1% of Lyme infections are believed to produce severe heart inflammation. This condition is treatable by antibiotics, when detected early. However, according to the Globe, “the fact that otherwise healthy people with no significant symptoms could suddenly die from undiagnosed Lyme adds to public officials’ growing worries about the disease.”
According to the CDC, more than 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, which is 10 times higher than cases actually reported to the United States government.
Because of the three abrupt deaths, the CDC is urging the public “to see a doctor immediately if they experience heart palpitations, chest pain, light-headedness, fainting, or shortness of breath ,in addition to more commonly recognized Lyme symptoms of fever, rash, and body aches.”
Although there is a Lyme vaccine available for dogs, surprisingly, there is none readily available for humans at this time.
If you have any health concerns, you should consult with a doctor. If you have significant injuries or death due to a undiagnosed Lyme disease, you should also consult with a Lopez McHugh attorney to discuss your legal rights.