The CDC of Maine recently reported that in 2017 three common tick borne diseases (Lyme Disease, Babesiosis and Anaplasmosis) are all up from the year prior.
In 2016 there were 1,464 cases of Lyme Disease reported, and this shot up to 1,787 cases reported in 2017.
These results are well above the 5-year-median of 1384 cases reported in the state.
Lyme disease is important to look at because it is not only the most common tick-borne disease in the U.S., it is the most common vector-borne disease in the country.
Over 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to the U.S. CDC yearly; meaning it is spreading at a good pace.
In 2016, CDC reported 36,429 cases (26,203 confirmed and 10,226 probable).
Babesiosis cases were also up in 2017 (117) compared to the 83 cases reported in 2016.
This disease is typically transmitted through a tick bite, Ixodes scapularis in the U.S., from late spring to early fall.
It can also be transmitted through blood transfusions and this is not restricted by geographical regions.
Anaplasmosis cases in Maine increased significantly from 2016 (372 cases) to 662 cases reported last year.
Infected ticks also spread this disease, making bug bite prevention necessary.
More specifically, deer ticks that mainly involved in the transmission of Lyme disease.
It’s important to stay away from ticks, as these three diseases, which are on the rise, spread through tick bites.
The CDC recommends an EPA registered, IR 3535 based insect repellent product to help fight against insect bites.
(Original Article: http://outbreaknewstoday.com/lyme-disease-tickborne-infections-maine-2017/)