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Feds say Lyme disease vastly underreported; local experts skeptical

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Gary Kravitz, MD

[MPR, August 12, 2015] A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report indicates Lyme disease is more widespread in the U.S. than previously realized, with reported cases each year not far behind breast cancer.

But while local researchers acknowledge the ticks that carry the disease are growing in number and territory, they caution that the CDC data may be overstating the spread of the disease.

Minnesota is known to be one of the hot spots for Lyme disease. The number of cases has quadrupled over the past two decades to around 1,000 a year.

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Posted on August 12, 2015 in Allina Health ClinicsInfectious DiseaseLyme DiseaseMPRRadio

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