2600% increase in babesiosis infections in Wisconsin in 12 years
Invisiverse.com, July 6, 2017
by Cynthia Wallentine
It is not just a bad summer for ticks — it has been a bad decade for the spread of tick-borne infections. New surveillance from the CDC reports rapid expansion and increase in cases of babesiosis, a sometimes life-threatening disease, in Wisconsin.
The CDC compiled the new report from surveillance conducted every three years during the period between 2001 through 2015. During that time, electronic surveillance came online to provide faster, more thorough, case reports. While a boost in case counts as monitoring methods improve is sometimes due to under-reporting, the CDC says the increase in Wisconsin is due to an actual uptick in cases — not just better reporting. READ MORE.