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Lyme 'ten times more common than stats show'

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Thanks to good ol' Physician's First Watch again:

An Estimated 300,000 Americans Diagnosed with Lyme Disease Each Year
By the Editors

Over 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to the CDC each year, but the actual number of annual cases is roughly 10 times higher, according to an analysis of three studies presented at the 2013 International Conference on Lyme Borreliosis and Other Tick-Borne Diseases.

"We know that routine surveillance only gives us part of the picture, and that the true number of illnesses is much greater," the CDC's chief of epidemiology and surveillance for Lyme disease said in a news release. "This new preliminary estimate confirms that Lyme disease is a tremendous public health problem in the United States, and clearly highlights the urgent need for prevention."

Link(s):
CDC news release (Free) http://click.jwatch.org/cts/click?q=227;67879607;ltWKQtIwpMmgDTjxOaIvs9rjiDzNJqTeGRw6vmTRs0Q=
Background: NEJM Journal Watch coverage of Lyme disease reinfection (Free) http://click.jwatch.org/cts/click?q=227;67879607;ltWKQtIwpMmgDTjxOaIvswagEFQS9yE/GRw6vmTRs0Q=