Whenever I see this statement, I have to wonder, well, how does anyone really know this? If people who have a low likelihood of testing positive are testing positive, then maybe our assumptions of who is likely to have the disease are wrong. Perhaps endemicity has now become meaningless, at least in the United States, and people who live in previously non-endemic areas who go to the doctor presenting with Lyme symptoms who then test positive for Lyme, I don't know, may actually have Lyme and should be treated with at least the IDSA recommended antibiotic treatment. I don't know. Call me crazy.Many tests for Lyme disease are being performed in patients with low likelihood to have the disease, a situation in which a positive result is more likely to be a false-positive.
Thank you, Rita, for posting all of these!
*Last portion of comment erased because, well, I don't know what I'm talking about.