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New CDC Lyme Disease Estimates Concern Maine Health Officials
08/19/2013   Reported By: Tom Porter

Maine health officials say they're concerned by new figures issued by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicating that many more people are sickened by Lyme disease than are reported. Officials with the CDC last night said they estimate 300,000 people a year are struck by the illness - 10 times as many as were previously thought. The number comes from a survey of seven national laboratories, a national patient survey and a review of insurance information. Lyme disease is transmitted through the bite of an infected deer tick. Tom Porter talks with Maine State Epidemiologist Dr. Stephen Sears.

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Lyme disease can be difficult to diagnose. Symptoms can include a fever, headaches and fatigue, and sometimes - but not always - a telltale rash where the bite happened. If left untreated it can lead to more severe problems. Lyme disease is usually found in the Northeastern states, and last year Maine reported 1,100 cases of the disease - an all-time high.



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