Lyme disease is now in all 50 states

Modesto Morganelli
Agosto 8, 2018

The Vermont Health Department says tests have confirmed that a resident has died of a rare complication of Lyme disease.

According to state Health Commissioner Dr Mark Levine, Lyme is increasingly common in Vermont - in fact, 95 percent of all reported cases come from the northeastern US.

"Our data show that positive results for Lyme are both increasing in number and occurring in geographic areas not historically associated with the disease", researchers wrote in the July 30 press release.

A Vermont resident has died from a rare complication of Lyme disease, according to health officials.

The potentially fatal condition occurs when the bacteria that causes Lyme disease gets into the tissues of the heart, where it can interfere with the movement of electrical signals between the heart's chambers.

Lyme Disease is transmitted by blacklegged ticks infected with the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. The Pennsylvania tally, along with that of the six New England states - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont - accounted for about 60 percent of the country's Lyme disease cases.

Lyme can be treated with antibiotics if detected early.

The report of the resident's death comes just a week after a study from Quest Diagnostics revealed that Lyme disease has reached every state in the USA and the nation's capital.

The report from Quest Diagnostics is based on more than six million blood tests taken over the last seven years, CBS New York reports.

The health department issued an advisory Monday to Vermont's health care providers asking them to talk to patients who may have Lyme disease about their cardiac symptoms and to also remember the potential role of Lyme carditis in sudden cardiac events, the release said. California had 483 people with positive test results - a 194.5 percent increase from 2015.

The new study comes just a few months after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that cases of tick-borne diseases had more than doubled over the past 13 years.

According to CNBC, Valneva, a French company, is working on a vaccine for Lyme disease that was recently approved for fast-track by the FDA.

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