Many Lyme Disease Cases Go Unreported. A New Model Could Help Change That. – Columbia University

“We were able to show that about 162 U.S. counties may already have Lyme disease, but they have not yet been reported to the CDC.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention receives reports of about 30,000 cases of Lyme disease each year. The real number, according to the agency, is closer to 300,000.

Underreporting affects the ability of public health authorities to assess risk, allocate resources and devise prevention strategies. It also makes early detection very difficult, hampering efforts to treat the condition quickly and effectively.

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