A recent study finds that African Americans who contract Lyme disease are 10% more likely than Caucasians to exhibit symptoms such as neurological or heart problems, and they are 30% more likely to suffer from arthritis as a result of the disease.

“One of the conclusions from the study is that perhaps African Americans are not recognizing that they have [Lyme disease] as quickly as whites,” says Alan Fix, assistant professor of epidemiology and preventive medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

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