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Old 08-28-2008, 01:21 PM #11 (permalink)
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The first truly documented case of lyme disease in the U.S. was back some time in the early 1970's . . . in Lyme, Connecticut . . . BUT . . . documented cases were seen in Europe over a 100 years prior to that (it just wasn't called Lyme disease).

Something or someone from Europe brought it over here, which could have been at anytime when travel from Europe was prevalent (all of those big ships starting in the early 1900's and then of course, when air travel took off . . . no pun intended).

My guess (and it's only a guess) is that people in the U.S. were more than likely afflicted with it prior to the early 70's, but in a more sporadic manner. The reason the outbreak in Lyme, Connecticut got so much attention (and is considered the inception of the disease) was because it was a cluster of people that got it in a very short time span.

Could your grandfather have had it? Possibly, but it would be pure speculation as to whether he did or not.
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