In early 2017 we published a chart showing inconsistencies in information about Lyme disease as reported in Vermont media from 2014-2016. This review showed that even among medical and science professionals there was confusion about the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease in Vermont.
Here is an updated chart from a review of articles published in VT from 2017 to early 2019. While some improvement has occurred – many more articles mentioned the impact of other tick-borne diseases in Vermont such as anaplasmosis and babesiosis – there continues to be discrepancies and inaccuracies about Lyme and tick-borne diseases in Vermont’s local media.
One of our goals at VTLyme.com is to ensure Vermonters have accurate information about Lyme and tick-borne diseases. We hope this chart highlights the need for consensus in our medical community and the conveyance of accurate information about the transmission, diagnosis, treatment, and impact of tick-borne diseases on Vermonters.
An informal analysis of Vermont newspaper, newsletters, and media reports about Lyme disease from 2017-2019 revealed contradicting and inaccurate statements about Lyme disease symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. Some examples are listed below: