Lyme Disease: Veterinary and Human Medical Community Need to Work Together

May 16, 2017

Pat Smith, president of the Lyme Disease Association, explains the importance of collaboration between the veterinary and human health care communities to better understand and track Lyme disease throughout the country.

Pat Smith, president of the Lyme Disease Association, explains the importance of collaboration between the veterinary and human health care communities to better understand and track Lyme disease throughout the country.

When veterinarians see Lyme disease cases increasing in dogs, they should be giving a heads up to the human medical community because if dogs are getting Lyme disease, the likelihood of people getting Lyme disease increases. Unfortunately, this rarely happens, which may increase the spread and prevalence of Lyme disease in both humans and animals.