Summer Camp Fails to Recognize Lyme Disease

Joseph O'Neill

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— Updated on October 9, 2017

Summer Camp Expert WitnessThis case takes place in New Jersey and involves a child who contracted Lyme disease while at an overnight summer camp. The child repeatedly presented to the camp’s nursing office with signs and symptoms of Lyme disease over the course of multiple days, eventually seeing the nursing staff more than a dozen times. Despite his repeated complaints, the child was he was turned away without a thorough investigation of his symptoms. As a result of treatment delay, the child suffered severe and permanent brain damage.

Question(s) For Expert Witness

  • 1. What are the protocols for treating children who present multiple times for medical care while at an overnight camp?
  • 2. Is it the camps responsibility to teach campers preventative measures aimed at reducing exposure to Lyme disease?

Expert Witness Response E-008664

If a camp is ACA accredited, they have certain protocols that should be followed. If a medical condition is not resolved at the camp after 2-3 inspections, an outside specialist needs to be consulted. A log book is also maintained for every visit made by a camper to the medical center. Overnight camps have orientations and health seminars provided to the staff and campers at the start of the camp regarding precautions against Lyme disease, ticks and the like.

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