Dear Anne Allred and the news team at WHDH, NBC TV Boston,
Thank you for showcasing my interview and Lyme disease recovery book, “Out of the Woods” on your evening news program of October 16. I appreciate your alertness to this exploding health crisis, with Lyme disease having surpassed HIV as now the #1 fastest spreading infectious illness in the USA.
All ages groups and regions are vulnerable to ticks and the borrelia burgdorferi bacterial infection they carry. The Northeast is considered to be at pandemic levels, with 50-90% of ticks being infected. Yet, areas in California are 100% infected and all states (save Hawaii) are showing cases of Lyme disease. Even Florida, Texas and Louisiana are involved as migratory birds winter over in these regions, bringing infected ticks on board with them. Canada, much of Europe, Australia and 89 countries of the world identify Lyme disease there.
I appreciate you taking the Lyme epidemic seriously, helping acknowledge the chronic form of this illness, often not diagnosed or even understood by many people, doctors included. It is important we help affect a change regarding this confusion and misdirection. Attention, research money and work as well as symptom education are in dire need. We need Lyme annual screenings and schoolroom tick trainings, too.
I am honored you shared my interview on your evening news with your viewing audience of over 1,000,000 homes. Thank you again for your alert and savvy reporting. I hope we find an end to this potentially life shattering illness soon.
Katina I. Makris, CCH, CIH