How Did We Get Here? Professor Holly Ahern debunks some common myths about Lyme disease

By LymeTimes Editor

P rofessor Holly Ahern, of State University of New York Adirondack, has extensive teaching and research experience in bacteriology and molecular biology. She’s the author of nationally published textbooks on microbiology, cell biology, and molecular biology. She’s also an expert on the scientific literature pertaining to Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections.

Only 50% of patients treated with two weeks of antibiotics will get better.

Professor Ahern came to her Lyme expertise the hard way, as the mother of a daughter with Lyme disease. Her professional knowledge was put to the practical test of having to navigate the complex care of a Lyme patient. She understands the science and has complete empathy for the suffering that tick-borne diseases inflict on patients and families.

In 2017, she gave an illuminating presentation at the Focus on Lyme Scientific Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. Addressing the historical events that have contributed to the Lyme disease epidemic in the U.S., she reminds the audience of something they know too well—“We are not in a good place when it comes to Lyme disease.” Then, she answers the question: how did we get here?

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