Lyme Disease Statistics Compiled by Nursing School Hub Website.

Lyme Disease Statistics Compiled by Nursing School Hub Website.

For those of you who have read my blog before, you will see that the following information is not in keeping with the research I have continued to work on.  However, I was approached by a reader to share this site and felt it deserved a place here if nothing else, to encourage discussion.

In many ways I think the stated percentages go to the heart of our problem…whose information do we take seriously?  Should we be alarmed or should we be re-assured?

When I found out that New York will not accept the findings from Advanced Lab Services I almost fell over…who can argue with DNA? Perhaps I am naive.

Anyways, the following is taken from the webpage listed at the end of the post.  If you follow the link there are interesting graphics before the article begins – again, some of the info on the chart is speculative.  I suppose we can all source just about any statement we want to make about Lyme. Do a few hundred thousand have it or does everyone on the planet?  You will find doctors that stand at either end and all the way between.  We won’t know until we have an affordable fully reliable test because we know that many with Lyme show no symptoms at all, or random symptoms while under stress.

Following is the excerpt from Nursing School Hub; Research provided by Raj Kumar Dash:

Lyme disease, typically acquired from the bite of specific insects carrying any of a specific group of parasites/ bacteria, often brings with it a variety of other illnesses or “co-infections”. This Lyme disease “complex” includes a number of documented illnesses, including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS, aka Epstein-Barr virus — once called by the media “Yuppie disease”) and possibly has a link to Fibromyalgia and other ailments.

When it does manifest, due to stress or deteriorating health, Lyme disease can bring with it any of hundreds of other co-infections. The difficulty for many sufferers is that not all medical professional believe it exists, and even those who do don’t know enough about it. It’s an illness for which there’s a short time window for effective treatment.

The Stats

1975 — The year that Dr. Allen Steere first identified Lyme disease from an outbreak of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis near Lyme, Connecticut.

1982 — The year that Willy Burgdorfer determined the etiological agent of Lyme disease — a type of spirochete of genus Borrelia. Hence the name Borrelia burgdorferi for these spirochetes from Ixodes ticks.

300,000 — Number of Americans infected with Lyme disease each year, as per CDC reports. Roughly 0.01% of the population gets infected annually.

20,000 — The number of new cases reported in 2002.

30,000 — The number of new cases reported in 2009.

10 — The number of times higher that the actual number of Lyme disease cases is compared to what the CDC had previously estimated (300K compared to 30K).

28 — Maximum number of days that Lyme disease is commonly treated for.

10-20 — Percentage of patients who, after being treated for 2-4 weeks with antibiotics will still having some symptons (fatigue, pain, joint and muscle aches). This is known as post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome, and thought to be due to residual tissue and immune system damage.

25 — Percentage of patients overall who have had any treatment and who have lingering symptoms – usually for just a few days.

3-4 — The number of weeks after which, according to the CDC, antibiotic treatment is unlikely to lead to any patient improvement.

4-6 — The typical number of weeks of treatment. (Some insurance companies will not cover treatment past this time period, even though a patient may have residual spirochetes after treatment.)

5 — Number of pathogens, including Lyme disease (borrelia burgdorferi), that deer ticks carry.

350 — Number of diseases or illnesses that the co-infection Babesiosis mimics. Other co-infections of Lyme (Borreliosis) disease include Bartonella, Ehrlichiosis (HME, HGE), Candida, Human Herpes Virus 6 (HHV-6), Epstein-Barr Virus (HHV-4, aka CFS or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and Cytomegalovirus (CMV). Babesia parasites can also trigger anemia, parasitaemia, and cardiovascular, kidney and liver problems.

50 — Percentage of patients who will suffer from seizures if they contract brain encephalopathy due to Bartonella coinfection.

100 — The estimated percentage of human beings worldwide who will at some point in their life be infected with the Epstein-Barr virus.

100 — The estimated percentage of humans worldwide that some experts believe are already infected with the Borrelia spirochete that causes Lyme disease.

30-45 — The number of days before symptoms of Epstein-Barr (chronic fatigue) will manifest.

80 — Estimated percentage of adults in the USA who are infected with Cytomegalovirus. CMV can stay dormant in the human host for the latter’s lifetime, and staying that way until the immune system is compromised.

41 — Percentage of patients with Babesioa who develop complications. These include acute respiratory failure, congestive heart or renal failure.

1-8 — Percentage of patients with Ehrlichiosis who die. This rate goes up drastically if the patient is immunocompromised.

13 — Percentage of Candida infections worldwide that have been identified.

25-50 — Percentage of cases in which the “bullseye rash” symptom of Lyme disease does not appear on the patient. (Having this particular rash generally confirms the presence of Lyme disease.)

50 — Percentage of patients in reported Lyme disease cases who recall being bitten by a tick.

40 — Percentage of cases in which spirochetes are actually seen. (The borrelia spirochete changes shape and can hide between blood cells when taken out of the host body.

4 — The number of combinations of infections typical in patients with chronic Lyme disease.

80+ — The number of countries where Lyme disease has been reported.

60,000 — The number of dollars spent by Massachusetts on tick-borne diseases (of which Lyme disease is the most prevalent).

10,000,000 — The number of dollars spent by Massachusetts on mosquito control.

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