Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection primarily transmitted by Ixodes Ticks, also known as Deer Ticks.   On the the West Coast it is transmitted by  Black-Legged Ticks. These tiny arachnids are typically found in wooded and grassy areas. Although people may think of Lyme as an East Coast disease, it is found throughout the United States, as well as in more than sixty other countries.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease in the US every year. That’s 1.5 times the number of women diagnosed with breast cancer, and six times the number of people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS each year in the US. However, because diagnosing Lyme Disease can be difficult, many people who actually have Lyme go undiagnosed or worse stll,  may be misdiagnosed with other diseases. Many experts believe the true number of cases may be 30X's higher than reported.

Lyme disease affects people of all ages.