Why are Lyme Disease Cases Missing in the South and West? (Do Dogs Know More Than the CDC?) Other sources indicate much more Lyme disease cases in these 24 states than the CDC does

By Lorraine Johnson, JD, MBA

T he risk of contracting Lyme disease depends on where you live or visit. The best way to determine an area’s risk is to look at a map. However, maps from different sources vary. For example, the CDC surveillance maps show exposure as primarily limited to the East Coast, but other sources suggest a much broader geographic risk of exposure—particularly in the South and the West

MyLymeData and the CDC Maps Paint Different Pictures of Lyme Disease Risk

When we launched MyLymeData, we decided to compare the number of cases reported by the CDC with the number of cases enrolled in MyLymeData state-by-state. In states that are not considered by the CDC to be endemic, the number of cases in MyLymeData surpasses those reported by the CDC.

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