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MagazineApril 2009 (Vol. 20 Issue 1)Utism

Lyme disease, the debilitating disease that is caused by the bite of a tick, may also be a cause of autism

Lyme disease, the debilitating disease that is caused by the bite of a tick, may also be a cause of autism. A group of doctors in America has agreed to begin preliminary investigations to determine how many autistic children under their care also have Lyme disease, or Borrelia infection.

The parents of autistic children and alternative therapists have mooted the possibility of a connection for several years, but their allegations finally took on a more official status after a 'think tank' was established during a conference last January.

Physicians who attended the meeting agreed to test their autistic patients for Lyme disease, and they intend to tell other doctors if they discover a connection.

They suspect autism may also be caused by other infections, too.

The doctors hope to announce their initial findings at another meeting, which is planned to take place in June (Townsend Lett Docs, 2007; 285: 26).

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