DPH: Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease

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Lyme disease is an important health concern in Connecticut. Since it was first recognized in the Lyme, Connecticut area in 1975, the Department of Public Health (DPH) has contributed to the understanding of this complex disease, as well as other tick-borne diseases. 
 

On average since 1998, the DPH has reported about 3,000 cases annually to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Recently, the CDC estimated that there are approximately 10 times more people diagnosed with Lyme disease than the yearly reported number. Using the CDC estimate, approximately 30,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year in Connecticut.

 
The reported incidence, which sets the trend for Lyme disease over time, is due to many changing factors that include:
  • Weather
  • Tick abundance, habitat, and infectivity rates 
  • Deer population and habitat 
  • Recognition of the disease by those infected and health care practitioners
  • Living in a wooded area
  • Potential for contact with ticks, including recreational activities 
  • Disease reporting by the healthcare provider
To learn more about Lyme disease, select a topic below.
        
     QUICK LINKS
 
 
         Connecticut's Lyme disease history
         How to establish a local health tick-borne diseases community intervention program (2008)
         Lyme Disease Statistics
         Other tick-borne diseases in Connecticut.
         Reporting form for healthcare practitioners.
         The Connecticut Epidemiologist Newsletter
 
 
     ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
 

 
Here's a good place to start: NIH Medline Plus - Lyme Disease

  
   
 
   
 
     
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