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Re: “Since 2009, the Number of Probable Lyme Disease Cases in N.C. Has Jumped from 39 to 242

No, it is not easy to know how widespread Lyme disease is here in NC. There are a number of reasons for this- too many to list in this comment. One important factor is that cases of most reportable diseases that pass the strict requirements to become official CDC numbers are widely acknowledged to represent only the tip of the iceberg as far as representing the true number of cases. For example, for Lyme disease, the CDC recently did a study and released a statement that rather than the approximately 30,000 cases reported per year in the US, the actual number is likely over 300,000 per year.

Our Facebook page has a map showing NC counties endemic (meaning LD was acquired in the country) for Lyme disease, both confirmed (red) and pending (yellow) by very strict criteria.
This year the CDC changed the definition for reporting LD and doesn't have criteria for endemic anymore.

Marcia E. Herman-Giddens, PA, MPH, DrPH
Adjunct Professor, Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC, Chapel Hill
Scientific Adviser, Tick-borne Infections Council of North Carolina, Inc

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Posted by MEH-G on 07/27/2017 at 8:54 PM

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