Michigan: Fatal Overreaction

Fatal Overreaction

Though it is rarely fatal, can be controlled by antibiotics and struck only 5,000 people nationwide last year, Lyme disease has become as dreaded as the black plague. Two weeks ago, the hysterical overreaction to the tick-borne affliction reached a new peak. Obsessed with fear that he had contracted Lyme disease when he was bitten by ticks on fur-trapping expeditions over the years and then passed it along to his spouse, a 73-year-old man killed his wife and then himself with a twelve-gauge shotgun in their East Detroit home.

Charles Bodeck, a retired autoworker, had been assured by doctors that he...

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