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  •  My little brother has Lyme disease (3+ / 0-)
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    wader, ladybug53, Chacounne

    The numbers on Lyme disease must be under reported. The official statistics for Lyme disease in all of Texas for 2002 was 133, and yet within our very own neighborhood we were able to find two other children around my brother's age who had gotten Lyme disease as well.

    I'm not a statsitics expert, but something doesn't feel right. 3 others within a population sample that small (just the other children we know in our neighborhood) points to a massively under reported disease.

    Single Tax is Justice

    by moneybags on Wed Jul 08, 2009 at 03:46:39 PM PDT

    •  CDC says only 1/10th to 1/12th cases reported (2+ / 0-)
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      wader, Chacounne

      the criterion for reporting purposes is about epidemiology and so that narrows then numbers a lot. But they also think that a lot does get reported (MA requires reporting now, but many states don't.) And then there is the huge factor of cases that go undiagnosed.

      So, while, officially there are about 25,000 new cases in the US last year, the CDC says there were more likely 250K - 300K.

      That's a lotta Lyme.

      •  2008 figures (4+ / 0-)

        have the number of CDC reported cases as 30,635

        And yes, the CDC said that for every reported case there are another 10 or 12 in endemic areas that go unreported... and what about all the cases that do not quite meet the surveillance certitude of 98%? They don't make the official count, but the people are still ill, and still respond to treatment.

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