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Letters Lyme wars

Let's tackle the testing

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 15 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1008
  1. Raphael B Stricker, past president1,
  2. Lorraine Johnson, executive director2
  1. 1International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
  2. 2California Lyme Disease Association, Los Angeles, CA 90068, USA
  1. rstricker{at}

    The two tier testing system endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a high specificity (99%) and yields few false positives. But the tests have a uniformly miserable sensitivity …

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