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Researchers Address Physicians’ Need for Updated Information on Tick-borne Diseases

Mirage (Wollongong, Australia; Jan. 4) – “We often hear from people that had Lyme disease about how hard it was to get doctors to understand, to listen, to diagnose them. This got us thinking, what do doctors in Illinois actually know about tick borne diseases?” said Dr. Rebecca Smith, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Illinois.

Smith explored this question through a recently published study with two goals in mind: the first was to find out how much doctors knew about ticks and tick-borne diseases, and the second was to use the data from the study to design a training program to better educate doctors on tick and associated diseases.