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Pres­i­dent Bush was treated for Lyme dis­ease last Au­gust, the White House an­nounced Aug. 8 nearly a year af­ter the di­ag­no­sis.

The treat­ment was re­vealed only when the White House made pub­lic all the re­sults of Mr. Bush’s an­nual phys­i­cal exam. The dis­ease showed up in the “past med­i­cal his­tory” sec­tion and in the sum­mary along with other skin con­di­tions.

Mr. Bush was treated for what his doc­tors de­scribed as “early, lo­cal­ized Lyme dis­ease” last Au­gust af­ter de­vel­op­ing the char­ac­ter­is­tic bull’seye rash. The doc­tors said he has had no re­cur­rence.

White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said the dis­ease was not dis­closed ear­lier be­cause it hap­pened af­ter he had his last phys­i­cal, on Aug. 1, 2006, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ports.

“It was a rash,” he said. “It’s not un­com­mon for the pres­i­dent to have tick bites when he’s out bik­ing.”

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