The Lyme disease debate: Can the condition be chronic?, Fox News, May 6, 2015
- Q: What is it that’s creating the epidemic?
A: It’s because of the deer, but also the white-footed mouse, chipmunks, raccoons, foxes, moles, voles, the ticks are now even on birds. The reason it’s a worldwide epidemic is the ticks get on birds and they go to Canada, they go to China. When I was in China and I was speaking with their CDC … they told me privately 6 percent of the Chinese population had been diagnosed with Lyme.
You need to do prevention because one of the viruses we’re now finding, the Powassan virus can get into your body within 15 minutes of a tick bite, and the mortality rates are 10 to 15 percent — up to 30 percent in some studies. So you could get multiple viruses … relapsing fever bacteria, a malarial organism like babesia, with one tick bite. It overwhelms the immune system and that’s one of the reasons people don’t get better.