NEWS: "Lyme disease likely under-reported in Kentucky"
The Louisville Courier-Journal examines the issue of Lyme disease in their state
From the Louisville Courier-Journal, July 26, 2012
Lyme disease likely under-reported in Kentucky
Rarity of reports in Kentucky, doctors’ guidelines can frustrate patients
by Keiara Carr
Two years ago, Mike Gatton played softball, took care of his 16-acre farm outside Jeffersontown and still had plenty of energy to preach a sermon every Sunday at Hurstbourne Christian Church, where he is pastor.
Gatton, 64, had rarely been sick. “I never took a Tylenol a day in my life,” he said.
But a tick the size of a tiny freckle changed all that — leaving him with Lyme disease and joint pain that grew so crippling he could no longer stand at the pulpit.
Lyme disease is contracted by a bite from the black-legged deer tick — a species that’s prevalent in northeastern states but not commonly seen in Kentucky.
Still, while the incidence of Lyme disease is growing nationally — and the University of Kentucky has confirmed that deer ticks have turned up in the state this year — medical experts agree that Kentucky doctors rarely diagnose it.
Click here to read the rest of the story and see a video interview with Gatton.