US Pharm. 2013;38(9):11.
Atlanta, GA—According to a preliminary estimate by the CDC,
approximately 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease each
year—10 times higher than the number of cases reported annually. This
estimate is based on findings from ongoing CDC studies analyzing
clinical laboratory survey data, self-reported Lyme disease cases, and
medical claims information for 22 million people. The CDC, which is
further analyzing the data to refine estimates and clarify the overall
burden of Lyme disease in the United States, will publish finalized
estimates upon completion of the studies. “This new preliminary estimate
confirms that Lyme disease is a tremendous public health problem…and
clearly highlights the urgent need for prevention,” said Paul Mead, MD,
MPH, of the CDC’s Lyme disease program.
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