Quest Diagnostics: Lyme Disease Cases in US Rose Dramatically in 2016 & 2017
Quest Diagnostics data shows Lyme disease prevalence increasing.
– Number of positive tests for Lyme disease increased significantly between 2016 and 2017.
– Historically concentrated in Pennsylvania and New England states, Lyme disease has been detected in each of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia.
– Outside of the northeastern U.S., California and Florida – states not historically associated with significant rates of Lyme disease – saw the largest absolute increases in positive Lyme disease test results.
– Notable increases also observed in Georgia, Arizona, Ohio, Texas, Tennessee and Virginia.
According to Quest, Lyme disease, traditionally spread by ticks in the summer months in the Northeast, is now a risk across all 50 states and Washington DC. New data collected over a 7-year period through 2017 looks beyond older CDC reports and gives never before seen insight into a dramatic rise of confirmed cases of Lyme disease across the US.