ECU researcher tries to find better way to treat Lyme Disease

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An ECU researcher is trying to find a better way to treat Lyme Disease. 

MD A. Motableb was granted $1.7 million from the National Institutes of Health to study the spread of Lyme Disease bacteria in the human body.

By studying the movement of the bacteria and why they move, Motaleb and his team hope to develop an antibacterial medication that will be able to directly stop the flow of disease in the body.

“If they [bacteria] cannot survive then the disease is basically cured,” he said.

Lyme Disease affects more than 300,000 people around the world every year — and there are many symptoms to look out for.

“Generally within a week or two, if they have an infected tick bite in them they might have a skin rash, flu-like symptoms, like fever, headache, stiff neck, or some types of mental disabilities,” said Motaleb. “If they have these types of symptoms it is high likely they have a tick born disease, such as Lyme disease.”

One of the most common symptoms, is a bull-eye rash. 

Motaleb said if you notice some of these symptoms you should seek medical attention immediately.

“Go out, enjoy you’re time, but when you return from your outing make sure you look for the tiny ticks, some of them are hiding in areas where you cannot see them,” he said.

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