Lyme disease can become a real pain, as patients can remain with fatigue symptoms or difficulty thinking even more than six months after finishing the treatment. Otherwise, most Lyme disease cases can be cured with a simple antibiotic course that lasts for several weeks.
PressHerald.com writes that the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reveals new data that indicates much higher cases of tick-borne Lyme disease than what the officials recorded.
20,000 Lyme disease cases in Maine
From all of the USA, Maine has the highest incidence rate of Lyme disease. The main reason could be that deer ticks are particularly active in the state. While the number of cases from Maine reached the record of 2,079 in 2019, the new data says that the real number could be near 20,000 cases.
Sen. Susan Collins of Maine declared that the new estimate “underscores the fact that tick-borne illnesses are a serious and growing public health threat.” Collins also added:
“Now that we have a clearer picture of the challenge that we are up against, we are better positioned to protect Americans’ health.”
The CDC has revealed a new dashboard that helps researchers gather real-time data from walk-in clinic visits and the emergency room. In order to indicate when people from different parts of the country are at the highest health risk, the dashboard will be updated weekly.
Lyme disease was classified as a zoonosis, and it’s transmitted to humans through a natural reservoir among birds and small mammals by ticks that feed on them. The main vectors of Lyme disease are hard-bodied ticks of the genus Ixodes.
In the end, we all must do our best in protecting our health, as it’s perhaps the best thing we can do.