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Lyme Disease Testing Issues

A deer tick, which can spread Lyme disease.
Victoria Arocho
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AP
Some labs that do Lyme disease testing are not subject to FDA or CDC regulations.

Lyme disease has become a growing concern for anyone who spends time enjoying the outdoors. And in Vermont, that’s nearly everyone.

The disease is spread through the bite of infected deer ticks. As concern has grown about Lyme disease, the number of tests to screen for the antibodies in the blood has also increased.

Beth Daley, a reporter for the New England Center for Investigative Reporting has looked into the validity of these tests. She spoke with Vermont Edition about what she found.