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2465White House concealed Bush illness

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  • Greg Cannon
    Aug 8 8:26 PM
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      Bush treated for Lyme disease

      Associated Press

      August 8, 2007 at 5:14 PM EDT

      WASHINGTON — U.S. President George W. Bush was treated
      for Lyme disease last August, the White House
      announced Wednesday after failing to disclose the
      problem for nearly a year.

      Mr. Bush was treated for what his doctors described as
      “early, localized Lyme disease” after developing the
      characteristic bullseye rash.

      Lyme disease is a tick-borne infection that, if left
      untreated, can cause arthritis and other problems.
      Symptoms can include lethargy, joint pain, fever,
      limping and loss of appetite. A bacterial disease, it
      can be eradicated with antibiotic treatment in the
      early stages. It can recur in some patients, but Mr.
      Bush's doctors say it hasn't with him.

      White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said the treatment
      was not disclosed earlier because it happened after he
      had his last physical, on Aug. 1, 2006. He said
      doctors decided not to do blood tests to determine for
      certain that he had Lyme disease because the treatment
      worked and he never progressed to other symptoms.

      “It was a rash,” he said. “It's not uncommon for the
      president to have tick bites when he's out biking.”