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How common is Lyme disease?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

The cases of Lyme disease have been on the rise since the mid-1990s. In 2009, there were approximately 29,959 reported cases of Lyme disease. Lyme disease is most common in the Northeast, mid-Atlantic, and north central states. In 2001, 96% of Lyme disease cases were reported from the following states: Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Peter DeLucia
Health Education
Lyme disease can be very common depending on where you live; deer ticks that carry the illness are mainly found in the northeastern U.S. Watch public health specialist Peter DeLucia, MPA, discuss why you should be especially careful in wooded areas. 
Leopold D. Galland, MD
Internal Medicine
Let's check the math: At present there are about 30,000 new cases of Lyme disease reported to state health departments each year. Everyone acknowledges that under-reporting is the rule, so that there are undoubtedly many more cases of Lyme disease acquired in the U.S. every year. The annual incidence is probably more than 100,000 new cases of Lyme disease each year.

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