Wisconsin Public Radio: Northwoods Medical Clinic To Focus On Treating, Understanding Tick-Borne Illnesses

Wisconsin Public Radio: Northwoods Medical Clinic To Focus On Treating, Understanding Tick-Borne Illnesses

Tick-borne illnesses are exploding in Wisconsin and across the nation, and scientists don’t have good answers for how to slow their spread, treat their symptoms or even diagnose them reliably.

A new medical clinic in Woodruff will seek to address patient concerns and advance scientific understanding around the diseases.

The Tick-Borne Illness Center of Excellence is a project of the Howard Young Foundation and the Open Medicine Institute. It’s under construction at the Howard Young Medical Center, scheduled to open this summer. The facility, which will see an estimated 2,000 patients per year, will be the first in the Midwest to combine clinical treatment for tick-borne illnesses with cutting-edge scientific research.

“Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses in particular are sort of these medical mysteries,” said Dr. Andreas Kogelnik of the Open Medicine Institute. “We don’t have great tests for them. They can manifest in lots of different ways for patients. And they’re really complicated, even for physicians with training, to make a proper diagnosis with.”

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