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UPDATE: The CDC just released new data today (10-19-16) which shows Pennsylvania now has reported 10,038 cases.

With more than two months left in the year, Pennsylvania remains the Lyme disease capital in the US once again.

Black-legged tick

Ixodes scapularis, a Black-legged tick/CDC

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, as of the week ending Oct. 8, Pennsylvania is reporting 9,826 Lyme disease cases, or nearly four out of 10 cases in the US to date (25,117).

In addition, it is about 1000 cases more than the Keystone state reported during the same period in 2015.

Pennsylvania has led the nation in Lyme disease cases ten consecutive years since 2007 with the most cases in a single year reported in 2015 with 10,817, and that appears to be soon broken this year.

Last year, researchers at The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reported for the first time blacklegged (deer) ticks in all 67 Pennsylvania counties.

A study by the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown published in August showed that one in three deer ticks tested in Western Pennsylvania harbored the Lyme disease bacteria, Borrelia burgdorfferi, and more recently, a team from Muhlenberg College in Allentown tested ticks in the Lehigh Valley discovering that 23 percent of those tested carried the Lyme bacteria.

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9 Comments

  1. Carl Tuttle says:

    The mishandling of Lyme disease here in the United States has created global consequences as world health agencies are blindly following what has been wrongly established here in the U.S. – Lyme disease is a life-altering/life-threatening infection misclassified as a simple nuisance disease. See the 26 letters addressed to the World health Organization: https://www.change.org/p/the-us-senate-calling-for-a-congressional-investigation-of-the-cdc-idsa-and-aldf/u/18146534

    Carl Tuttle
    Hudson, NH

    • People should really listen to what Carl is saying. He knows what he’s talking about. Tick borne illnesses — particularly Lyme, Babesia and Bartonella — are very real, very easy to get, very hard to diagnose and treat and very, very serious in up to 20% of those affected.

      The CDC has not taken this seriously for forty years now and continues to fail to do so as the disease spreads. It is now a massive pandemic affecting millions of people. Given the CDC’s own data on reporting rates, we can safely assume that the ~10,000 reported cases in Pennsylvania are just the tip of the iceberg. Out of ~30K CDC strict cases reported, CDC itself says more than 300K strict cases exist (and this is to say nothing about non-strict cases not detected by a test whose sensitivity is so bad that it fails almost as often as it succeeds, so you can potentially almost double the infection rate based on that alone). Anyway, reporting might be better in Pennsylvania, but nobody really knows. If it’s a typical state for Lyme reporting then about 100K people in Pennsylvania just got sick and about 20K of them won’t recover from the illness. This is an epic disaster. To give some perspective, this rate of infection is enough to give every single man, woman and child in Harrisburg a Lyme infection twice. In just a single year.

    • Katj says:

      Unfortunately the same situation is happening here in Canada. Medical professionals are not educated in Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Many very sick people end up being misdiagnosed or go undiagnosed because of the faulty two-tier Elisa testing and lack of a bullseye rash, which too many doctors blindly rely on seeing before they’ll even consider Lyme disease.

  2. Patricia says:

    I live in pa , 7 years ago , I found a tick embedded in my ,It was in a spot I didn’t notice till taking a shower the next day . I had a huge very painful red bullseye rash . My family doc gave me 10 days of antibiotics, I became very sick , ran tests , the usual, gave me a lymes test , I came up negative. For over 6 years I was looked at by many doctors, tested over the years 3 more times always negative. I was treated for everything , told I wasn’t sick , I’m “depressed ” ” go for a walk , i will be better , put on all kinds of meds, . This lymes disease , the disease no one seems 2 understand, the government hinds , doctors and insurance companies won’t acknowledge, cost so much, not just money , my marriage fell apart, my life fell part . You feel like you are screaming and no one hears you

  3. Susan says:

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  4. Tom says:

    It’s easily treatable. Hundreds have used the bio photon Lyme disease emitter You can find it on Facebook. Everyone who has used it has 100 percent relief.

  5. Cindy Hendrickson says:

    My son was recently diagnosed. Seeking treatment. Any Advice or recommendations welcomed.

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