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Reprinted with the kind permission of Global Lyme Alliance. To read the original blog post, click here.
TOP 22 THINGS YOU PROBABLY DON’T KNOW ABOUT LYME
1. Lyme is the fastest growing vector-borne disease in America. Source: CDC 2014
2. Over 329,000 new cases in US alone each year according to the CDC – that is 38 new cases each hour.
3. Children are at the highest risk of contracting Lyme disease, especially at ages 3-14. Source: CDC 2013
4. Tick-borne diseases have been reported in every state in the US and in 80 countries. Source: CDC 2013
5. Lyme-infected ticks have been found in NYC parks. Source – NYC Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene, 2015
6. Lyme disease can cause over 300 different symptoms.
7. Even when acute Lyme is treated in a timely and recommended manner, 20-30% patients will fail treatment and go on to develop chronic Lyme disease (Source – Dr. John Aucott, SLICE I study 2008)
8. The average nymph tick is smaller than a pinhead –less than one millimeter, or 0.04 inch. Yes, that is 4/100 of an inch!
9. Treatment of Lyme disease costs $1.3 Billion per year in the United States. Source : Dr. John Aucott, Lyme Disease Research Foundation, 2015
10. NIH funding for Lyme research is $23M; it funds only 15% of grant applications. AIDS receives 144 times more funds at $2,898M, sleep disorders – 11 times more funding at $229M and obesity 40 times at $812M. Source – NIH funding 2013 actual.
11. Studies conclude that commonly-used testing misses 55% of positive Lyme cases. Source – Johns Hopkins University, 2015 (Coulter,et al.,J Clin Microbiol 2005;43:5080-5084).
12. Research suggests that Lyme disease and other infections can be spread from mother to baby during pregnancy. Source: CDC 2015
13. Lyme disease is often referred to as “The Great Imitator”, as it can imitate symptoms of many diseases.
14. Average time for patient diagnosis – 2 years and more than 5 doctor visits.
15. Only a minority of people with Lyme disease remember a bulls-eye rash. Source : NIH
16. There are no tests to prove that a patient is cured of infection after treatment. Source : NIH
17. Health insurance often doesn’t cover the treatment for Chronic Lyme disease.
18. There is no approved vaccine against Lyme disease. Source: NIH
19. Tick-borne diseases can be spread by deer, squirrels, birds and mice. Source: NIH
20. Testing for Lyme may be misleading, as false-negative rates are as high as 60% in the first 2 to 4 weeks of infection. Source: NIH
21. Neurologic Lyme disease can be indistinguishable from multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, fibromyalgia and Parkinson’s disease. Source : Harriet Kotsoris, MD
22. GLA is one of the largest private supporters of Lyme disease research, dedicating over $7 Million to research to date.
Source: By Global Lyme Alliance. November 26, 2015. Top 22 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Lyme.