Fans around the world were shocked when Canadian singer Justin Bieber revealed last week that he has Lyme disease. “I’ve been recently diagnosed with Lyme disease, not only that but had a serious case of chronic mono which affected my skin, brain function, energy, and overall health,” Bieber wrote on his Instagram page.
According to AFP, Lyme disease is transmitted to humans through infected ticks, and symptoms may include fever, chills, headache, fatigue, joint aches and even a “bull’s-eye” rash. “It’s been a rough couple years but [I’m] getting the right treatment that will help treat this so far incurable disease and I will be back and better than ever,” the 25-year-old superstar wrote.
Despite the illness, Bieber released the single Yummy on Jan. 3, and his upcoming new album was listed one of the most anticipated pop albums of this year by Forbes. He will address his struggle with the illness in a YouTube documentary, which is set for a Jan. 27 release.
(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)
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