Lyme disease
6:01 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Study: Lyme Disease Tests Could Lead to Misdiagnoses

A deer tick, the kind of tick that often carries Lyme disease.

Lyme disease represents a challenging and growing threat to public health across the Northeast. And testing for this tick-borne ailment has become a big business. Some 3.4 million tests are carried out each year, some of them costing as much as $1,000, and new testing labs are popping up across the country. But according to a months-long study by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, many patients are being misdiagnosed - and it's all because of a loophole in the federal regulations.

Tom Porter talks with Beth Daley of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting.

The Center's Beth Daley reported the story, and joins Maine Things Considered host Tom Porter from WGBH in Boston.