MassLive this week profiled Cindy Kennedy, FNP, and her website, Livingwithlyme, which features podcasts to share information about the disease.
“Since the launch in August we have reached people all over the world, which is awesome since Lyme exists in every single continent other than Antarctica,” said Kennedy of her site, “Living with Lyme.”
“Metrics show the podcasts have doubled in downloads each month and have been listened to in 17 countries,” Kennedy said.
Lyme disease, caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, is the most common tickborne infectious disease in the United States.
It is estimated that some 300,000 people in the U.S. are annually diagnosed with it. Symptoms may include a skin rash, which occurs in about 70 percent of cases, fever and fatigue. Laboratory testing may confirm a diagnosis of the disease, with many cases successfully treated with a course of antibiotic therapy.