Nurse with Lyme Disease Believes No One is Safe from Illness

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Mirenda Campirano, a registered nurse in the Rio Grande Valley reached out to News Center 23, saying no one in our area is safe from Lyme disease, an illness that is commonly transferred through ticks. 

“Millions are affected, yet, few are detected because the tests are not reliable,” said Campirano.

She had to stop working because of the disease. 

"Mosquitoes can transmit [Lyme] as well. A misconception is that it's just ticks. 

Fourteen years ago, Campirano noticed a bullseye rash on her body, a common symptom of Lyme, but she said she was misdiagnosed because the ER doctors lacked thed education and training to diagnose her.

She said the Center for Disease Control does not recognize Chronic Lyme Disease. 

Fourteen years, 20 doctors and thousands of dollars later, she was finally diagnosed in Houston, and her disease is no longer curable, and it was passed to her 1-year old son. 

“I want him to be healthy and thrive and I will continue fighting until I can't fight anymore,” Campirano said while holding her infant son. 

She helped start a nationwide awareness campaign with a fellow Lyme patient last month. They, and hundreds of others with the disease, mailed one copy to all hundred United States Senators last week, in hopes of chancing the CDC definition of Chronic Lyme Disease.  She also wants to educate the public on Lyme.

“About 50% of people get what's called a bullseye rash and it's going to be a very red it'll look just like a bullseye.  And then you get flu like symptoms, fever, sore throat, it gets misdiagnosed as the flu,” she said. 

Campirano urges people to check themselves for ticks after being outdoors, and if you have a tick, it is recommended to pluck the whole tick out with clean tweezers. 

Lyme disease and co-infection can also cause behavioral and mental issues, such as ADHD and depression.

 If you show symptoms of Lyme, you can request a western blot test. 

For more information on Lyme disease, you can visit The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society at  http://www.ilads.org/ 


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