CDPH Cautions Californians About Ticks And Tick-Borne Diseases
Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state public health officer, today warned individuals who work or play outdoors in the winter months to be on the alert for ticks that may carry bacteria that cause Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.
This is a very telling and frightening statistic: only 2% (approximately) of Connecticut primary care doctors diagnose chronic Lyme disease, according to the Journal of Pediatrics. This article was published early in 2010. Article Abstract: http://www.jpeds.com/article/S0022-3476(10)00522-6/abstract
If that is the percentage in Connecticut, it would be easy to imagine that things are a lot worse in less endemic states. The survey was for primary care docs only, meaning the results are probably skewed low because Lyme specialists and infectious disease docs weren’t included. Nevertheless, many sick with Lyme disease don’t know it and don’t know which experts to go see, so of those in this boat, we can presume that 98% are misdiagnosed.
BOSTON — Public health officials say more Massachusetts residents are being diagnosed with Lyme disease, and many of them are picking up the tick-borne ailment in areas of the state where it was relatively rare a decade ago.
State Department of Public Health figures show that the disease, once most common on Cape Cod and the Islands, is now seen more in Middlesex, Norfolk, and Worcester counties.
There were 4,042 Lyme disease cases statewide last year, compared with 1,194 in 2000.
Lyme Disease Association of Australia Inc.
An official Lyme Disease Association of Australia has been launched. Our mission:
1. To raise awareness of Lyme disease and other tick-borne Illness in Australia.
2. Facilitate better testing and treatment.
3. Educate doctors and other health professionals about Lyme in Australia.
4. Use the media to alert the public about Lyme in Australia.
5. Collate personal stories which will bring pressure to bear on the Health Department who currently claim there is no Lyme in Australia.
6. Highlight the probability that Lyme may be the actual cause of many serious health problems including, Parkinson ’s disease, ALS, (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Motor Neurone Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia and M.E./Chronic fatigue Syndrome.
7. Invite professional people to support us and join this association.
Our founder, Mualla Akinci is extremely capable and has the following qualifications:
A PhD in neuro-pharmacology, Masters in hematology and honors in Immunology and has a pharmacy practice in Redfern. She was a post doctoral fellow at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and worked in collaboration with scientists at Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, and at the Peter McCallum Cancer institute. Prior to her husband contracting Lyme in 2007, he worked in the film industry and has many contacts in film and television.
We will enhance the work already done by T.A.G.S. and others. We believe that if we all pull together we can bring huge improvements to the current Lyme situation in Australia.
We invite all Australian Lyme patients, friends and family of Lyme patients, doctors and health professionals to join this wonderful group and add your voice to publicizing the reality of Lyme in Australia.
As a registered charity, there will be a small fee of perhaps $5 for pensioners and $10-15 per annum for those on regular incomes to cover our costs. We will also accept donations which will be tax deductable.
What we need.
1. Someone who can set up a webpage for the association.
2. A President.
3. Vice President.
We welcome all suggestions and look forward to your comments. Please forward this email to other Lyme patients and Lyme groups.
New Hampshire has a significant number of Lyme disease cases, with the CDC estimate approximately 46.9 cases per 100,000. In this post I am providing a little overview of Lyme disease in New Hampshire including incidence, geographic distribution per county, and other related data.
The rate of Lyme disease in New Jersey is among the highest, with 27.9 cases per 100,000 people (although this is greatly offset by the number of false negative test results and lack of reportability of the disease according to CDC criteria.
The incidence of Lyme disease in Maine continues to increase, and the rate of increase in incidence this year is significant compared to previous years. While this might be partially explained by growing awareness of the signs and symptoms of early Lyme disease among healthcare providers, and in the public, it is also likely that the number of new infections is truly increasing.
Most of the increases in reported incidence have occurred in southern Maine and in the midcoast. Some inland areas, including Kennebec County, have also experienced an upsurge in reported cases, a phenomenon that is consistent with ecological studies tracking changes in deer tick populations.
The state of Massachusetts (MA) has consistently ranked in the top ten states in the US in reported Lyme disease cases; however its numbers are decidedly on the rise. In 2005, for example, MA ranked 4th nationwide in case numbers with 2,341 reported Lyme cases to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a 46% increase over 2004 numbers. Nationally, the reported cases totaled 23,305, an 18% increase in numbers.
The largest increases in MA were seen in Suffolk, Norfolk, and Middlesex Counties. The majority of confirmed cases had onsets in June, July and August. The average age for a confirmed Lyme disease case was 39 years. The highest reported incidence rates were among children aged 5-9 years and adults aged 60-64 years, and 35% of confirmed cases did not report an EM rash.
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) By Andrew Conaway – The incidence of Lyme disease has doubled in the Netherlands in the past seven years, partly because more people are camping in areas where disease-carrying ticks are common, Dutch officials report.
In a survey of doctors throughout the country last year, researchers found 13,000 reports of Lyme disease. In a similar study in 1995, doctors reported about 6,500 cases, according to researchers at the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and Wageningen University.
Lyme disease is an inflammatory disorder that can cause fever and chills, neurologic and cardiac complications and arthritis. Ticks that feed on infected deer, mice or dogs pick up the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. A bite from an infected tick can transmit the disease to humans.
According to the CDC, Pennsylvania has more Lyme disease cases than any other of the United States. This is due to the fact that, first of all, Pennsylvania is a population-dense state and so when comparing epidemiology per state, this state will rise to the top. In this blog post we will explore a few resources for Lyme sufferers in PA, and also look at the Lyme disease rates in PA per county.
Today we are looking at Lyme disease cases in New York. These data are fascinating because New York has 2 of the 3 counties in the USA which have the HIGHEST rate of Lyme Disease in the ENTIRE USA! Yes, you heard that right – New York has areas with the most Lyme Disease density of anywhere in the country.
Lyme disease is an east coast disease, right? Thats what we’re all taught. Since I am on a vacation in Monterey, CA (on the central ocean coast of california) this week with my family, I decided to spend a few minutes in the hotel room doing some research and making a wonderful video for you. Let’s see about the truth regarding Lyme disease in California.
Since I grew up in California and have lived here my whole life (and probably also got my case of Lyme disease here), this article is very close to home for me. I searched for help for years in California before I found a proper diagnosis. Maybe this information can save you, or a loved one, the same trouble.