The Financial Implications of a Well-Hidden and Ignored Chronic Lyme Disease Pandemic
Economist and Independent Researcher
Received: 11 September 2017 / Revised: 11 December 2017 / Accepted: 22 December 2017 / Published: 13 February 2018http://www.mdpi.com/2227-9032/6/1/16
If governments in the USA and Europe want to minimize future costs and maximize future revenues, then they should pay for IV antibiotic treatment up to a year even if the estimated cure rate is as low as 25%. The cost for governments of having chronic Lyme patients sick in perpetuity is very large.
An early stage Borrelia infection is known as acute Lyme disease and a late stage Borrelia infection is known as chronic Lyme disease.
The IDSA does not recognize chronic Lyme disease, nor do they recommend antibiotic treatment for chronic Lyme disease.
My comment: This Swedish layman, who also is a member of the Swedish Borreliosis- and TBE- association, who wrote this must be very confused!
Edit to add:
The term chronic (Lyme) borreliosis stands for late Lyme disease (stage 3) in Sweden and has always (from the beginning!) been treated with abx in Sweden. And persistent borreliosis after treatment is called persistent borreliosis in Sweden, and NOT chronic Lyme disease!