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How Has Lyme Disease Spread in the US?

MAY 15, 2017 | CONTAGION® EDITORIAL STAFF


Patricia Smith, President of the Lyme disease Association, explains how Lyme disease has spread throughout the United States in the past decade.
 
Interview Transcript (slightly modified for readability)
 
“I think in the past decade, throughout the United States, what has happened is [that] not only have the numbers of Lyme cases increased in areas where they were before, but now we’re seeing a spread (the tick, I believe, is spreading) into other areas where we didn’t see it before.
 
In fact, a 2015 study has shown that the tick that causes Lyme, is actually now found in 50% of the counties in the United States. That’s very significant, and that’s only the ones where they happen to have someone doing work to find out that the ticks are there.”
 
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