Response to Commentary Promoting the New Lyme Disease Guidelines
Repeating incorrect information does not cause it to become correct. The erroneous statement by Auwaerter et al,1 that taking single-dose doxycycline after an Ixodes tick bite prevents Lyme disease, has not been demonstrated by any North American study to date. Although repeatedly cited as demonstrating this, the 2001 Nadelman study2 did not follow its subjects long enough to demonstrate this point. It is well known that later manifestations of Lyme disease may develop beyond the 6-week follow-up period used by the investigators.