US Lyme disease cases have doubled since 2004, says new report

A new report into the threat of Lyme disease reveals cases in the United States have more than doubled since 2004. Findings presented by the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group raised the issue of Lyme and other emerging tick-related illnesses as a growing threat to public health.

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The report highlighted key recommendations from surveillance, prevention, diagnoses and treatment measures to tackle the problem. Lyme disease affects up to 300,000 Americans and over 3,000 Brits every year.

Source: The Mighty

Source: The Mighty

While many Lyme patients who seek early treatment normally go on to make a full recovery. Yet many can experience ongoing symptoms. Early symptoms of Lyme Disease can comprise a ‘bulls eye’ skin rash around the bite, and ‘flu-like’ symptoms such as headache, weakness, muscle pain, fever and exhaustion. Longer term, chronic effects can include memory loss, numbness and joint problems.

The US Tick-Borne Disease Working Groups recommendations included:

improving early and accurate diagnoses and treatment

  • surveillance

  • and developing new treatment options for acute and persistant illness

For decades, tick-borne diseases have increased at an alarming rate. The continued spread of ticks, the discovery of new tick-borne pathogens and the spreading outbreak of human disease is a near certainty.
— The Tick-Borne Disease Working Group