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Kaiser Permanente Lyme Disease Patient Stories

Miguel Perez-Lizano's Lyme Disease Story - Oregon Health Care Town Hall
"For many years I was a Kaiser member but was forced to change health plans when the infectious
diseases clinicians at Kaiser flatly refused me a Lyme disease diagnosis.
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Diane, Berkley, Stephen, Ryan, Mary Beth Tack and Terry and Cora Will and their children Chad, and Sheena Will.
Mystery Illness Solved: Lyme Disease -- Oregon Family Suffered Years And Years' From Ailment Carried By Ticks

Alyssa Mori bit by politics of Lyme Disease -  Kaiser refuses to treat, family pays - By Emilie Crofton - After Kaiser
stated that Alyssa's health problems were not due to Lyme disease, the Moris pursued other channels, knowing
in their hearts that something else was causing their daughter's medical condition. Something was wrong, and
they were determined to find the cause.
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Lyme victims relate experiences
Disease surrounded by controversy
The Enterprise - date: 06/04/02
editorial: JH By John Hall
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Learning about Lyme disease the hard way - - A month ago, was told he had
Lou Gehrig's disease and had two months to live. Doctors advised his wife, Heidi, to take him home and call
a hospice.  Read More Here

Bart Fenolio still tires easily, needs a walker to get around and has occasional memory lapses. He knows it
could take years for him to overcome the devastating effects of chronic Lyme disease. - Read More Here

USA TODAY (Arlington, VA) - Saturday, June 8, 1991
Author: MARILYN LEARY: (c) Gannett News Service
The first confirmed case of tick-borne Lyme disease caught in Southern California - at Cucamonga Peak -
has been reported by the San Bernardino County Public Health Department.
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Tiffany Smith - A Tick Took Away Her High School Time
Originally from The Redlands Daily News
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Lyme disease -- is it simply one tick away?
San Diego Union-Tribune, The (CA) - Thursday, December 17, 1992
Author: CHERYL CLARK, Staff Writer
Fry, 49, was seen at Kaiser  Permanente by a physician's assistant who ordered a blood test for Lyme disease 
antibodies. Even though the test was negative, the Poway resident was given a 30-day prescription for antibiotics
and now feels fine. Fry is sure he had Lyme disease.
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Marin keeps focus on Lyme disease

Marin Independent Journal (San Rafael, CA) - Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Author: Richard Halstead

In 1995, when she was living in San Rafael, Katherine Renfield was awakened by a tick bite on the back of her leg.

A bulls-eye rash developed soon after. Her internist diagnosed her as having Lyme disease . She took a low dose
of the antibiotic Doxycycline for two weeks, and she assumed that would be the end of it.
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Press Democrat, The (Santa Rosa, CA) - Saturday, June 17, 2006

"Part of the increase in Lyme disease may be explained by new reporting standards adopted last year.
Both laboratories and physicians are now required to report positive blood tests, said Dr. Gary Green,
an infectious disease specialist at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Rosa."

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Worries about side effects afflict vaccine sales
Alameda Times-Star (CA) - Monday, April 29, 2002
Author: Staff Writer
A steep drop in sales, attributed to worries about side effects, led the only manufacturer of Lyme vaccine
recently to cease production of the inoculation.

While health experts in California said the preventive tool was used infrequently locally, the vaccine's demise
may also be a sign of escalating, but unwarranted concerns, over the health effects of vaccines, said Dr. Henry
Shinefield, the co-director of Kaiser Permanente's Vaccine Study Center in Oakland.

Some individuals reported that they experienced joint aches and muscle pain after getting the Lyme disease
vaccine, and numerous lawsuits were filed against manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline. But large-scale studies found
no untoward health effects from the vaccine, Shinefield said.
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Lyme disease usually responds well to antibiotics
Chico Enterprise-Record (Chico, CA) - Thursday, April 6, 2000
Author: LARRY MITCHELL - Staff Writer

Le is chair for infectious diseases at Kaiser Medical Center in Santa Rosa. Sonoma County and also Butte, Humboldt,
Mendocino and San Diego counties have reported most of the state's Lyme disease cases over the last few years.
Butte County leads the state, with 89 cases since 1996. Humboldt is second, with 60 cases in that period, followed by
Sonoma with 54, San Diego with 32 and Mendocino with 29.
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