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Olney Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-09-07 07:01 AM
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Bush was treated for Lyme disease, White House says
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nation/bal-te.bush09au...


Bush was treated for Lyme disease, White House says

Action taken in 2006 after finding of rash that indicated illness
By David Nitkin | Sun reporter
August 9, 2007

WASHINGTON - President Bush was treated for Lyme disease a year ago after developing a circular rash characteristic of the ailment, the White House announced yesterday.

Spread through the bite of infected ticks, the disease, if unchecked, can lead to arthritis, numbness, paralysis, fatigue and memory problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control. But when the problem is detected early, patients usually make a full recovery after a course of antibiotics, health professionals say.

"What we know about this disease is that early intervention is so much more effective than later intervention," said John P. Krick, head of epidemiology and disease control programs for the Maryland Department of Mental Health and Hygiene. A summary of Bush's current health, released with the results of his recent annual physical, said that last August a red rash with a lighter center, called erythema migrans, was "consistent with early, localized Lyme disease" and was treated "with complete resolution and without recurrence."


The White House did not disclose where Bush might have been exposed to Lyme disease.


"It's not uncommon for him to be mountain biking and receive a tick bite," said White House deputy press secretary Scott M. Stanzel. He said the incident was being disclosed now, a year after it happened, because the White House discloses the president's minor medical conditions only when it releases the annual report.

more at link....

The tick could not be reached for comment.
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Cooley Hurd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-09-07 07:08 AM
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1. I'm sure the tick died...
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LiberalEsto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-09-07 07:10 AM
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2. Slyme disease
is more like it.
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semillama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-09-07 07:23 AM
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3. The question is
What disease did the tick pick up?
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peekaloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-09-07 07:35 AM
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4. Monkey Pox?
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peekaloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-09-07 07:36 AM
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5. If only they would address his Lying Disease.
*sigh*
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Deb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-09-07 07:50 AM
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6. Those socks bearing a Presidential Seal weren't enough protection.
Shame, that.
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Major Hogwash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-09-07 08:30 AM
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7. Why didn't they tell us this last year? What else are they hiding?
Bush probably said it was a Democrat tick.
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Beetwasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-09-07 08:32 AM
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8. WHY DIDN'T HE HAVE THE VACCINE????
If he regularly gets tick bites, why wasn't he vaccinated?
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