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US Officials Report a Record Numberof Tick Diseases
This March 2002 file photo shows a deer tick under a microscope in the entomology lab at the University of Rhode
Island in South Kingstown, R.I. On Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
said a record number of tick-borne diseases—more than 59,000—were reported in 2017. It's a 22 percent increase
from the number reported the year before. (AP Photo/Victoria Arocho, File)
U.S. health officials say a record number of tick-borne diseases were reported last year.
The 2017 tally of more than 59,000 cases is a 22 percent increase from the previous year. The
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the numbers Wednesday.
Lyme disease accounted for nearly three-quarters of the illnesses. That's about 43,000 cases.
Traditionally about 30,000 cases of Lyme disease were reported to the government each year, but experts
believed there was underreporting and thought the actual number was more like 300,000.
Experts say better reporting may be a reason for recent increases, but scientists have also discovered
more diseases transmitted by ticks. Researchers also note that disease-spreading ticks have been seen over a wide range of states.