A study from the CDC reported over the weekend that the number of American who get Lyme Disease is far greater than reported.
The results come from three different studies conducted at the CDC. The first analyzed medical claims information for approximately 22 million insured people over six years; the second surveyed clinical labs; and the third analyzed self-reported Lyme disease cases from a survey of the general public.
Based on these studies, the CDC estimated that the number of people that get Lyme disease annually is ten times higher than the 30,000 cases actually reported. That means 300,000 people a year are contracting this disease.
Most of the cases are concentrated in the Northeast and upper Midwest, with 96 percent of reports coming from 13 states.
“This new preliminary estimate confirms that Lyme disease is a tremendous public health problem in the United States, and clearly highlights the urgent need for prevention,” Paul Mead, chief of epidemiology and surveillance for CDC’s Lyme disease program, said in a press release.
Lyme disease erupts in a person after he or she has been bitten by a tick that carries the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. Once infected, a person will suffer from fever, headaches, fatigue and if treatment is not sought out, the infection can spread to the person’s joints, hearth and nervous system.
Insect repellant and tick checks can reduce the chances that one will become infected. But that may not be enough.
“We need to move to a broader approach to tick reduction, involving entire communities, to combat this public health problem,” Lyle R. Petersen, director of CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, said in the press release. For more information, please visit the CDC website devoted to Lyme Disease.
via Red Orbit