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Pennsylvania continues to lead the nation in Lyme disease cases as the Commonwealth through Nov. 27 has reported more than 10,000 cases, about one-third of all cases in the US that have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (31,479).

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This compares to 7,400 cases in 2014 and 5,900 in 2013.

In April, Pennsylvania health officials reported for the first time the presence of the Lyme vector, the blacklegged (deer) tick, in all 67 counties.

Lyme disease is a huge problem in the US and Pennsylvania, both medically and financially.

Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne illness in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 329,000 cases occur in the United States each year.

CDC studies have found that reported cases of Lyme disease underestimate its true incidence by a factor of ten, indicating that tens of thousands of residents in the commonwealth may be infected with Lyme disease each year.

In addition, over $1 billion in annual medical expenses in the United States have been attributed to Lyme disease as well as up to $10,000 per patient annually in lost productivity. Lyme disease patients required 87 percent more visits to the doctor, and 71 percent more visits to the emergency room in comparison with those without Lyme disease.

 

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  1. […] Pennsylvania Lyme disease cases top 10,000 […]

  2. Cash says:

    Good Lord! Here we are with the dane Math again….Folks is simple, just put your listenin’ ears on….We have an Epidemic that is now a Pandemic!

    Yes, “Tick borne” for sure is an issue…so is the fact it’s sexually transmited….and it’s in our Blood/Organ supply..You want to point fingers? Just point them at CDC and IDSA…they’ve been the ones corruptly allowing the outdated and incorrect Test and Treatment Guidelines…They’ve been withholding info and allowing lives to suffer and die for DECADES! You can include the NIH, FDA, Big Pharm…all those who stand to profit on your suffering and death
    You like math…ok…here’s one for ya, small road in NY comes up with 100 ticks easy on sheet drag…X’s that by the 3-30,000 eggs EACH tick lays…OUCH! you just beat the number CDC fell on their face and had to admit….get infected all states wide…OUCH this is just on one small road in NY!!! And….you like the CDC number even though it’s “low”??? It means still that close to 1000 people each…yes EACH WEEK will become infected…….geesh! do you still like math?
    FACT……….NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING is being done…I’ve screamed a TickRid Program…that is so cheap it’s a fool if all the Townships don’t do it…..but…CDC and all the Townships have made it clear….it’s only Victims lives of suffering and death…it means NOTHING!
    Now be sure not to miss that tick that looks like these dots……..yup it’s your fault if you miss it…don’t go to the mailbox…might catch on on you with the numbers that are out there..don’t let your pets or children outside! Kill all mice, deer …animals that live outside so that Ticks will look harder for a human for a blood meal…….Really are we all that stupid, guess so……..Hey stupid Pennslvania, NY, Conn….it’s your problem it’s only in your states…fix it! Birds don’t carry ticks…and Ticks know and can read signs that say…Ticks…do not cross this NY border..thank you..I mean REALLY?????

  3. CB says:

    Thanks Cash, you’re right! The system has been rigged in favor of the insurance companies over those with Lyme and Lyme co-infections. I’m dealing with it first hand. The irony is, the insurance companies would actually save money if Lyme and Lyme related diseases were caught and treated early. My pre-Lyme diagnosis treatment has cost my insurance company over $100k. My out-of-pocket expense for a Lyme Literate Doctor and treatment has only been around $10k. For a full recovery, maybe $20k. Still that’s 20 cents on the dollar, and my quality of life to boot! Wake up!

    • Cash says:

      Thanks CB and you are right! I did not bring up the Insurance end, but exactly what CB said is how it works and happened for me. My insurance company showed how …umm…..well stupid will work here….What happened to me…I cought the tick early, went to a place with hundreds of Doctors..the one that saw me told me to wait 6 months and didn’t want to test the tick…but I was pushy…The test came back positive….I asked for help…….but six months later I went in with full blown issues…They passed me on to every “specialist” cuz there’s no way one person can have all those symptoms….By the time I reached #7 I said no…..and Insurance paid big for all of NOTHING…I went to a out of pocket LLMD…when I reached the deductable(you can’t now, insurance changed it) I had Insurance pay the 80%…do you know they wrote to me telling me they would stop…LOL…I kid you not….I wrote back, showed them the Math(not my health)that it would be cheaper for the LLMD to treat the “cause” than all those idiot Doctors to look at the “symptoms” I showed the math…and said…”hey” while I’m seeing the LLMD that’s helping me..if you like I can go back and have all those other Doctors run their dumb tests and whatever they want in order to take money from Insurance…it’s not my money…I only care about my health…I never in my life saw an Insurance company get back to me so FAST! Gee…the Math must have hurt them? OUCH…I feel so bad for them……not? They didn’t argue one penny of the very little they had to pay…gee thank you Lyme Victim for being honest..thank you LLMD for doing and following your OATH and making treatment cheap for us Insurance company to afford. Makes ya want to throw up huh? Now Insurance as a gift of appreciation has raised the deductable so high…NOTHING is covered…They say you can thank Odumba…the so called ACA….gotta laugh at our system…no?

  4. […] Pennsylvania 11/28/15 outbreaknewstoday.com: by Robert Herriman – Pennsylvania continues to lead the nation in Lyme disease cases as the Commonwealth through Nov. 27 has reported more than 10,000 cases, about one-third of all cases in the US that have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (31,479). This compares to 7,400 cases in 2014 and 5,900 in 2013. In April, Pennsylvania health officials reported for the first time the presence of the Lyme vector, the blacklegged (deer) tick, in all 67 counties. Lyme disease is a huge problem in the US and Pennsylvania, both medically and financially. Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne illness in the United States. The CDC estimates 329,000 cases occur in the United States each year. CDC studies have found that reported cases of Lyme disease underestimate its true incidence by a factor of ten, indicating that tens of thousands of residents in the commonwealth may be infected with Lyme disease each year. In addition, over $1 billion in annual medical expenses in the United States have been attributed to Lyme disease as well as up to $10,000 per patient annually in lost productivity. Lyme disease patients required 87 percent more visits to the doctor, and 71 percent more visits to the emergency room in comparison with those without Lyme disease. – See http://outbreaknewstoday.com/pennsylvania-lyme-disease-cases-top-10000/ […]

  5. I got broads in Lyme Connecticut

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