Autism And Lyme Disease No Longer Believed To Be Linked


In 2008, a theory was proposed that individuals with autism spectrum disorder had about a 1 in 5 chance of also having Lyme disease. A recent study appearing in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association refutes that claim definitively finding no link between autism and Lyme disease.

As Charlene Laino reports for MedPage Today, the idea that Lyme disease, an infectious disease, shares qualities with autism suggests that individuals could be treated with antibiotics if they are suspected of having autism. This is simply a false notion and the study debunking it is a valuable one.

Researchers do say that it is possible that Lyme disease could cause “autism-like behavioral deficits in some cases”, but a shared symptom is where the similarities stop.

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