I just wanted to say "thank you" for your article on Lyme disease in the June 2 edition of the Payson Roundup.
A friend sent me the article and I am so thankful that finally someone is getting the word out that tick borne disease is indeed a serious health concern here in Arizona.
I was diagnosed in April 2005 with Lyme and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever by an internal medicine specialist from Pennsylvania. I have been chronically ill the past 17 years and was sent from specialist to specialist having been formerly misdiagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue and CREST Syndrome.
I am on long-term antibiotic therapy and am seeing tremendous improvement.
I moved to Flagstaff in 1998 from the Eastern Tennessee area where I was bitten by ticks over a dozen times. So, I am one of those who moved here with Lyme and RMSF.
I think it is long overdue for Arizona physicians to start taking Lyme seriously.
Not only do people move here already infected, but they also bring pets secretly harboring diseased ticks.
I know ticks are in Northern Arizona as I discovered a deer tick scurrying across my porch a few years ago even though I am told time and again that ticks don't live here. I have since met several people who were bitten by ticks at area lakes and wooded areas and developed Lyme.
It's really important for you to get the word out. I suspect a lot of my friends and neighbors have Lyme and are being misdiagnosed.
People need to know the facts on prevention, how to remove ticks correctly and when to suspect Lyme or other tick borne infections.
Angela Arp, Flagstaff