In a press release dated August 19, 2013, the CDC preliminary estimates indicate that the number of Americans diagnosed with Lyme disease each year is around 300,000., NOT 20,000 to 30,000 as previously reported.
The CDC states that most Lyme disease cases are reported to the CDC through national surveillance and are concentrated heavily in the Northeast and upper Midwest, with 96 percent of cases in 13 states. What they are not telling us is that the “national surveillance” criteria is different for southern states.
Although Texas reports a few Lyme cases annually, the state of Arkansas’ Health Department does not collect statistics on Lyme Disease, claiming “ticks in Arkansas don’t carry Lyme”. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
The report from the CDC is a step in the right direction, but they clearly leave a preconceived idea that reported cases of Lyme Disease are centralized to only the Northeastern states. I challenge you to visit the hundreds of news media outlets who have posted this new CDC announcement and tell them the WHOLE truth; not the half-truth we get from the CDC.
Lyme Disease is alive and well in all 50 states of the U.S. with more cases than we can fathom. It’s just not being reported for southern states.
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