By KEITH MORELLI | The Tampa Tribune, Published: January 24, 2011
For more than two years, Dolores Claesson has fought a microscopic enemy, a germ passed into her 17-year-old daughter, Sofia, by a sesame seed-size tick.
If caught early, Lyme disease could have been easily treated, said Dolores Claesson, who runs a support group and manages a widespread network of Lyme disease patents and researchers. But because the malady has not really found a home in Florida yet, she said, doctors here are reluctant to diagnose it.
And some medical researchers agree, saying many doctors simply are complying with a study by the Infectious Diseases Society of America that warns against over-diagnosing Lyme disease because its symptoms are so complex and mimic other ailments.
In Sofia's case, doctors misdiagnosed her disease and mistreated it, stretching her sickness from days to months and eventually years.
Now, her immune system is depleted and she is a perfect host to any virus that comes along, her mom said.
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