NEWS: "Lyme disease counting is uncertain, imprecise"
In its continuing in-depth coverage of Lyme disease, the Poughkeepsie Journal explores how and why the CDC undercounts the illness.
Cases soar in the Northeast; CDC admits undercounting but denies “epidemic” label
Written by Mary Beth Pfeiffer, Poughkeepsie Journal. November 18, 2012:
New York state — the veritable epicenter of tick-borne diseases in America — counted 23,600 cases of Lyme disease from 2009 to 2011. When the federal government posted the state’s numbers, however, only 13,500 were listed.
Those lost cases help explain why Lyme disease appeared to decline sharply in America last year, when many Lyme physicians say they have never been busier.
They also reflect a new reality: Cases of Lyme disease are so common in some places, monitoring them is simply too expensive and time-consuming — so much so that New York now allows its hardest-hit counties, including Dutchess and Ulster, to estimate cases — cases the feds do not count.
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Additional Nov. 18 story on related subject:
Lyme treatment guidelines flawed, researcher says
CDC stands by endorsement of 28-day therapy
Links to previous stories in the Poughkeepsie Journal Lyme series:
DICEY PATH TO LYME DISEASE DIAGNOSIS
Centers for Disease Control says tests ‘almost always’ correct, but the pitfalls are many
CDC researcher answers questions on disease, tests
Who gets Lyme graphic
Testing the test: The pitfalls graphic
LYME DISEASE – Flunking the Lyme test
IGeneX, Inc. – Lyme testing discussion
LYME DISEASE: ANTIBIOTICS FUEL DEBATE
5 doctors targeted; chronic treatment at issue
Lyme disease: Writer has a bout
Video of Faces of Lyme disease
Lyme disease: Dutchess leads nation in cases
5 local counties in U.S. in the top 10
New tick-borne threat emerges