Lyme Disease in New York by 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.

In order to appreciate just how much Lyme disease is in New York per county, first look at these statistics which show Lyme disease incidence in the USA per state. Then, below, you’ll find the incidence of Lyme disease in NY, broken down by county. You will be amazed when you compare the statistics and see just how much Lyme is in New York, especially the highest counties.

 
  
  State  
  Incidence 2006*  
(cases per
100,000
population)
  Alabama  
  0.2  
  Alaska  
  0.4  
  Arizona  
  0.2  
  Arkansas  
  0.0  
  California  
  0.2  
  Colorado  
  0.0  
  Connecticut  
  51.0  
  Delaware  
  56.5  
  DC  
  10.7  
  Florida  
  0.2  
  Georgia  
  0.1  
  Hawaii  
  0.0  
  Idaho  
  0.5  
  Illinois  
  0.9  
  Indiana  
  0.4  
  Iowa  
  3.3  
  Kansas  
  0.1  
  Kentucky  
  0.2  
  Louisiana  
  0.0  
  Maine  
  25.6  
  Maryland  
  22.2  
  Massachusetts  
  22.2  
  Michigan  
  0.5  
  Minnesota  
  17.7  
  Mississippi  
  0.1  
  Missouri  
  0.1  
  Montana  
  0.1  
  Nebraska  
  0.6  
  Nevada  
  0.2  
  New Hampshire  
  46.9  
  New Jersey  
  27.9  
  New Mexico  
  0.2  
  New York  
  23.1  
  North Carolina  
  0.4  
  North Dakota  
  1.1  
  Ohio  
  0.4  
  Oklahoma  
  0.0  
  Oregon  
  0.2  
  Pennsylvania  
  26.1  
  Rhode Island  
  28.8  
  South Carolina  
  0.5  
  South Dakota  
  0.1  
  Tennessee  
  0.2  
  Texas   
  0.1  
  Utah  
  0.2  
  Vermont  
  16.8  
  Virginia  
  4.7  
  Washington  
  0.1  
  West Virginia  
  1.5  
  Wisconsin  
  26.4  
  Wyoming  
  0.2  
  U.S.  TOTAL  
  8.24  
  Lyme Disease Cases Population  
Region/County 2003 2004 2005 Total 2004 Rate
(cases per

100,000
population)
Reg-1 Western New York
Allegany 2 2 1 5 50,575 3.3
Cattaraugus 0 0 0 0 83,179 0.0
Chautauqua 1 2 3 6 137,267 1.5
Erie 1 1 10 12 936,318 0.4
Genesee 1 0 0 1 59,689 0.6
Niagara 3 1 0 4 218,060 0.6
Orleans 1 0 1 2 44,138 1.5
Wyoming 1 0 1 2 42,986 1.6
Region Total 10 6 16 32 1,572,212 0.7
Reg-2 Finger Lakes
Chemung 0 0 4 4 89,984 1.5
Livingston 2 0 1 3 64,819 1.5
Monroe 3 4 10 17 735,177 0.8
Ontario 1 2 2 5 103,504 1.6
Schuyler 1 0 0 1 19,505 1.7
Seneca 2 0 2 4 35,075 3.8
Steuben 0 0 1 1 98,814 0.3
Wayne 0 0 0 0 93,861 0.0
Yates 1 0 0 1 24,669 1.4
Region Total 10 6 20 36 1,265,408 0.9
Reg-3 Central New York
Cayuga 0 0 2 2 81,916 0.8
Cortland 0 0 1 1 49,006 0.7
Herkimer 2 2 2 6 63,858 3.1
Jefferson 1 1 2 4 111,467 1.2
Lewis 0 0 0 0 26,564 0.0
Madison 4 3 3 10 70,407 4.7
Oneida 2 1 5 8 234,962 1.1
Onondaga 7 11 10 28 459,805 2.0
Oswego 4 3 0 7 123,776 1.9
St Lawrence 4 2 2 8 111,306 2.4
Tompkins 10 5 3 18 100,135 6.0
Region Total 34 28 30 92 1,433,202 2.1
Reg-4 New York-Penn
Broome 5 5 11 21 197,696 3.5
Chenango 0 0 1 1 51,861 0.6
Tioga 3 3 1 7 51,535 4.5
Region Total 8 8 13 29 301,092 3.2
Reg-5 Northeastern New York
Albany 99 226 307 632 298,432 70.6
Clinton 9 5 5 19 81,875 7.7
Columbia 904 404 362 1,670 63,668 874.3
Delaware 0 2 6 8 47,328 5.6
Essex 1 2 1 4 38,901 3.4
Franklin 1 0 1 2 51,009 1.3
Fulton 0 1 2 3 55,463 1.8
Greene 119 99 121 339 49,195 229.7
Hamilton 0 1 0 1 5,227 6.4
Montgomery 1 2 3 6 49,283 4.1
Otsego 2 1 0 3 62,518 1.6
Rensselaer 157 200 208 565 154,077 122.2
Saratoga 11 42 69 122 212,706 19.1
Schenectady 13 17 26 56 148,042 12.6
Schoharie 2 2 4 8 32,012 8.3
Warren 0 9 12 21 65,147 10.7
Washington 5 17 22 44 62,807 23.4
Region Total 1,324 1,030 1,149 3,503 1,477,690 79.0
Reg-6 Hudson Valley
Dutchess 1,283 1,076 1,398 3,757 293,395 426.8
Orange 587 518 536 1,641 370,352 147.7
Putnam 303 205 191 699 100,570 231.7
Rockland 196 167 254 617 293,626 70.0
Sullivan 15 39 36 90 76,110 39.4
Ulster 300 295 400 995 181,779 182.5
Westchester 746 746 458 1,950 942,444 69.0
Region Total 3,430 3,046 3,273 9,749 2,258,276 143.9
Reg-7 New York City
Bronx 20 28 27 75 1,365,536 1.8
Kings 44 60 71 175 2,475,290 2.4
New York 108 190 225 523 1,562,723 11.2
Queens 41 42 46 129 2,237,216 1.9
Richmond 12 37 31 80 463,314 5.8
Region Total 225 357 400 982 8,104,079 4.0
Reg-8 Nassau-Suffolk
Nassau 75 59 122 256 1,339,641 6.4
Suffolk 288 561 542 1,391 1,475,488 31.4
Region Total 363 620 664 1,647 2,815,129 19.5
New York State Total 5,404 5,101 5,565 16,070 19,227,088 27.9

If you would like more info on Lyme in New York, check out the New York Lyme Support Group moderated by Joseph Burrascano, M.D.:

http://www.lymenyc.org/

This map shows the incidence and statistics in New York, with red being the highest rates:

New York Lyme Incidence Cases Map




  • Cam

    I was at Woodstock 1994. In 2008 I started 8 months of I.V. from Dr. Markowitz. Just a coincidence? I had no idea I was supposed to be looking for tick nymphs!

  • Susan

    I just found this site. I’m in Onondaga County. Can I assume we are one of the top 3 counties? Never seen them before today and my dog has had at least 4 on her in the last 36 hours. She’s just been put on anti-biotics for a skin infection. I’m sitting here with a lot of new ailments including an unexplained swollen knee and feel like my body just doesn’t work anymore all over. I’m 47 and in otherwise good health. Is there a test for Lyme Disease?