How dan­ger­ous are these dis­eases?

The Week (US) - - News 11 -

Most are bac­te­rial, so if the in­fec­tion is caught early, an­tibi­otic treat­ment is usu­ally ef­fec­tive. More se­ri­ous prob­lems arise when peo­ple don’t re­al­ize they’ve been in­fected, and the bac­te­ria have a chance to spread through­out the body, in­clud­ing the ner­vous sys­tem. Lyme dis­ease is no­to­ri­ous in this re­spect. Up to 20 per­cent of pa­tients con­tinue to ex­pe­ri­ence symp­toms such as se­vere headaches, joint pain, fa­cial palsy, heart pal­pi­ta­tions, and neu­ro­log­i­cal issues, long af­ter the course of an­tibi­otics has ended, for rea­sons that

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