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Lyme Disease Was Discovered By Dr. Willy Burgdorfer

* An Ounce of Prevention *Is Worth A Pound of Cure

* Children With Lyme

* Get It Right!

Reported Cases

*The CDC states for every case of Lyme disease reported, 
at least ten are missed.*

 


*In 2009 the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 

did not bother to enter 5,722 reported cases in the state database.*


*The Maryland DHMH reported "the number of tested specimens 

drastically decreased after 2009".* 


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The Maryland DHMH says the time it takes them to complete a report 

for a single case of Lyme disease ranges from 0.5 - 52 hours.

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2012 Interesting Stats

Middle Eastern Shore counties of Maryland all increased in the number of reported cases of Lyme, AND have the highest incidence rates for reported cases of Lyme in 2012.    

Statewide average incidence rate is 28.1%.  


Kent    237.7%

Queen Anne   117.3%

Caroline   116.1%

Talbot   102.4%

Dorchester       92.2%


Link to more info by clicking here.


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Ten Most Commonly Reported Notifiable Diseases in Maryland for 2011

[Disease Rate Per 100,000]

1. Chlamydia                                                          466.9% 

2. Gonorrhea                                                          110.8%

3. Lyme disease                                                       23.2%    Corrected figure- 458.8%  (2012)

4. HIV/AIDS                                                              20.1% 

5. Salmonellosis                                                      17.3% 

6. Campylobacteriosis                                          10.6%

7. Strep Group B, invasive                                  10.4% 

8. Strep pneumoniae, invasive                         10.1%

9. Meningitis, aseptic                                              9.0%

10. Syphilis, Primary & Secondary                    7.8%

Source:  http://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/mid-atlantic-public-health-training-center/Documents/051513_Lyme_Disease_Feldman.pdf

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Maryland County by County Reported Lyme Cases 

1990 - 1999

http://phpa.dhmh.maryland.gov/OIDEOR/CZVBD/SiteAssets/SitePages/lyme-disease/Lyme%20Disease%20Reports%201990-1999.pdf

2000 - 2012  

http://phpa.dhmh.maryland.gov/OIDEOR/CZVBD/Shared%20Documents/2000-2012%20LymeDisease.pdf

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SPECIAL NOTE-  One out of every eleven dogs tested positive for Lyme disease in Maryland.  Click here for a CPAC map of Lyme and tick borne diseases found in animals (listed by state and counties).  Additionally, one out of every forty-eight dogs tested positive for Ehrlichiosis, and one out of every eighty-five dogs tested positive for Anaplasmosis in Maryland.

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MARYLAND DHMH Reported:

In 2009-  "seven (29%) LHDs (local health departments) lost LD surveillance staff in the past 2 years; one lost all staff and does not currently investigate LD."  

"In 2008, 16 (75%) LHDs investigated each LD report while 5 (21%) investigated only if sufficient laboratory evidence of infection." 

"By 2011, 10 (42%) LHDs investigate LD reports only if sufficient evidence." 


To review the source and for more information on the above DHMH quotes, click here.

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NATIONAL FIGURES



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SPECIAL NOTE-  In 2008 the CDC surveillance criteria to determine if a case of Lyme disease (and other tick borne diseases) is reportable became more restrictive, giving the false impression there are now less cases of Lyme disease than in previous years.  Less reported cases equals less research funding and less educational efforts, but on the up side it is less work to perform for the DHMH and other government agencies. 

2007 Maryland Total Reported Lyme Cases- 2,578 (and climbing since 1990)

In 2008 New Restrictive Reporting Criteria Was Established...  
  
2008 Maryland Lyme- Total cases- 2,220
2009 Maryland Lyme- Total Cases- 2,026
2010 Maryland Lyme- Total Cases- 1,617
2011 Maryland Lyme- Total Cases- 1,351
2012 Maryland Lyme- Total Cases- 1,113*

*The CDC recently announced studies once again indicated the reported cases have been 9-12 cases short for each one reported.  *
CORRECTED 2012 Maryland Total Lyme Cases- 11,130

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Quick References

Selected Maryland 2010 Reported Disease Cases

Arboviral Infection (Other then West Nile)- 2 
Anaplasmosis- 15
Babesiosis- 19 
Ehrlichiosis- 24
Leptospirosis- 1
Lyme- 1,617
Malaria- 99
Q-fever- 1
Spotted Fever Rickettsiosis- 48
Tularemia- 0
West Nile- 23
Animal Bites- 9,733
Rabies (Animal)- 362
Rabies (Human)- 0

Maryland Highest Number of Reported Cases Statewide- 2010

Chlamydia- 26,192
Animal Bites- 9,733
Gonorrhea- 7,413
Lyme-  1,617

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Maryland Lyme Incidence Rates by County- 2010
Maryland Statewide- 28.0
Highest Incident Rates
Kent- 108.9
Queen Anne- 102.5

Maryland Babesiosis Incidence Rates by County- 2010
Maryland Statewide- 0.3 
Highest Incidence Rates
Kent- 5.0
Wicomico- 3.0

Maryland Anaplasmosis Incidence Rates by County- 2010
Maryland Statewide- 0.3
Highest Incidence Rates
Talbot- 2.6
Wicomico- 2.0
Cecil- 2.0

Maryland Ehrlichiosis Incidence Rates by County- 2010
Maryland Statewide- 0.4
Highest Incidence Rates
Caroline- 6.0
Queen Anne- 2.1
Wicomico- 2.0

Maryland Spotted Fever (Rickettsia) Incidence Rates by County- 2010 
Maryland Statewide- 0.8
Highest Incidence Rates
Queen Anne- 12.6
Talbot- 7.9

Top 10 List (2010) for Lyme Disease Reported Cases Nationwide

1.   Pennsylvania- 3,805
2.   New Jersey- 3,712
3.   Wisconsin- 3,488
4.   New York- 3,425
5.   Massachusetts - 3,263
6.   Connecticut- 3,068
7.   Minnesota- 1,960
8.   Maryland- 1,617
9.   New Hampshire- 1,339
10. Virginia- 1,245

Click here for CDC statistics.

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Top 10 List (2009) for Lyme Disease Reported Cases Nationwide

1.   Pennsylvania- 4,950
2.   New Jersey- 4,598
3.   New York- 4,134
4.   Massachusetts- 4,019
5.   Connecticut- 2,751
6.   Wisconsin- 1,952
7.   Maryland- 1,466
8.   Minnesota- 1,063
9.   New Hampshire- 996
10. Delaware- 984

Click here for CDC statistics.


Additional Information




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