Last year’s news
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.”