Blog | Tuesday, August 20, 2013

QD: News Every Day--CDC says Lyme disease 10 times more prevalent than previously thought

Lyme disease may be 10 times more prevalent than previously thought, experts say.

Better tracking has led Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials to estimate there are about 300,000 cases annually, not 30,000, they reported at a conference and on the agency’s website.

Preliminary results from three different evaluation methods suggested the increase, first an insurance database, second a survey of clinical labs, and third a patient survey.

The CDC makes resources available to prevent the tick bites that transmit the disease: a reference manual for health care providers, suggestions for the general public, and a 30-second public service announcement that explains how to prevent and recognize early symptoms Lyme disease.