Lyme Disease Introduction (01:16)
Ticks transmit the fastest growing vector-borne epidemic. Patients describe symptoms.
Tick Research (01:40)
The Northeastern U.S. is hard hit by Lyme disease. Dr. Rick Ostfeld collects specimens in upstate New York; learn how ticks attach to hosts.
Lyme Disease Progression (01:10)
Ticks inoculate hosts with Borrelia bacteria. A circular rash is often ignored by physicians; learn consequences if untreated with antibiotics.
Lyme Disease Symptoms (02:04)
Judith Albertat describes how the disease manifested; doctors couldn't diagnose her ailment.
Lyme Disease Paradox (02:37)
Although statistically frequent, the disease is often misdiagnosed. Specialist Richard Horowitz studies cases in upstate New York; Allana Toscano describes her experience.
Diagnosing Lyme Disease (02:52)
There is little medical awareness of the disease in the U.S. Horowitz explains his testing process for the multi-system condition.
Establishing Lyme Disease (00:52)
Learn the history of the U.S. tick borne disease.
Borrelia Bacteria (02:32)
The Lyme disease vector is intelligent. Researchers explain how multiple forms allow it to hide from the immune system and avoid antibiotics.
Lyme Disease Prevalence (01:01)
U.S. cases increased tenfold between 2012 and 2013; learn the epidemic's global propagation zones.
Lyme Disease in Africa (01:50)
Borrelia bacteriosis has been found in ten African countries and is often mistaken for malaria. Doctors treat and educate patients in Senegal.
Borrelia Bacteria Transmission (04:27)
Learn how rodents are reservoirs for ticks to infect humans with Lyme disease. Doctors remove nests from village homes as a preventative measure in Senegal.
Lyme Disease Spread (01:54)
Forest fragmentation from suburban development results in rodent predator habitat loss. Increasing rodent populations carry more infected ticks.
European Lyme Disease Education (01:42)
German public health campaigns warn about tick bites. Cases are increasing by 10-15% each year and an estimated one in 80 citizens are infected by Borrelia.
Medical Denial (01:59)
Although categorized as a rare disease in France, Lyme cases are increasing. Learn why state testing protocols may be responsible for the discrepancy.
Scientific Uncertainty (01:40)
Learn why Lyme disease tests lack reliability; some believe politics are to blame.
Scientific Debate (01:38)
French health officials believe Lyme disease is acute, while Horowitz believes it is chronic.
Lyme Disease Resistance (02:08)
Borrelia is often transmitted with other pathogens—overwhelming the immune system. Horowitz treats for infection, inflammation, and immune dysfunction.
Living with Lyme Disease (03:09)
Schoolteacher Joanna was infected seven years ago. She has created rituals to jog short term memory; long term treatment has been somewhat successful.
Lyme Disease Research (01:06)
Scientists are working on new tests, vaccines, and treatments—but the pharmaceutical industry doesn't consider it a worthy investment.
Lyme without Borders (01:18)
Judith has founded an organization to help patients overcome medical denial of their disease.
Lyme Disease Conference (02:18)
Judith organizes an international summit for update patients and doctors on research, and to urge French authorities to give long term treatments.
Patient Abandonment (02:17)
Lyme disease often keeps patients from working, and worker's compensation can be denied. Doctors using new treatments are punished by the French medical authority.
Lyme Disease Awareness Day (00:43)
Protests are organized around the globe against medical denial.
Borreliosis Network (01:26)
Lyme disease patients with neurological symptoms work to spread accurate information about the condition.
Lyme Disease Silence (03:13)
French authorities refuse to post tick danger out of concern for tourism. Joanna convinced only one forest village to warn hikers.
Tick Precautions (00:59)
Learn simple measures to avoid tick bites and Lyme disease infection.
Lyme Disease Future (01:47)
Experts speculate why research isn't being funded for treatment. Horowitz calls for chronic disease centers.
Credits: Lyme Disease: The Silent Epidemic (00:54)
Credits: Lyme Disease: The Silent Epidemic
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