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Gov. Whitman tested for Lyme disease

Gov. Christie Whitman was given a blood test Tuesday to determine whether a flu-like illness she has had for a month is Lyme disease.

Whitman had lingering fatigue but didn't see a doctor until last week when she became bedridden with fever.

The test results will not arrive for a couple of days, but it may be negative if her antibiotics treatment has been successful.

Lyme disease is carried by deer ticks. Its early symptoms are similar to the flu _ headache, chills, fever, body aches and joint pain.

The disease can be treated with antibiotics, but untreated cases often lead to heart, nervous system and joint problems. These problems can recur over the years even after the infection is gone.

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