Posted by Rae Fulkerson
President Treated For Lyme Disease
Aug 8, 2007 08:13 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush was successfully treated for Lyme
disease nearly a year ago, the White House announced Wednesday. The
condition had never been revealed until the White House on Wednesday
made public the results of his annual physical exam. They said that
he was treated for what they called "early, localized Lyme disease"
last August after developing the characteristic bullseye rash, and
that it did not recur. Lyme disease is a common tick-borne infection
that if left untreated can cause arthritis and other problems. The
president's main form of exercise and recreational activity is
mountain biking, which could bring him in contact with ticks.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush's doctors pronounced him "fit for
duty" Wednesday after his annual physical, the White House said. The
president usually gets his annual physical in August, visiting
National Naval Medical Center in suburban Maryland. Apparently this
year, the doctors' review took place at the White House and was
unannounced beforehand. Presidential press secretary Tony Snow said
the full results would be released later Wednesday. "It's actually
been conducted in a series of exams over the last couple weeks,"
Snow said. "Doctors have determined that the president remains in
superior fitness for a man his age - anybody who's seen him on the
bike or out and about certainly knows that - and that he is fit for
duty." As part of his physical, Bush had a colonoscopy last month
over a weekend at his Camp David, Md., mountaintop retreat. Five
small growths were removed from his colon but doctors determined
that none of them was cancerous.