On average since 1998, the DPH has reported about 3,000 cases annually to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Recently, the CDC estimated that there are approximately 10 times more people diagnosed with Lyme disease than the yearly reported number. Using the CDC estimate, approximately 30,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year in Connecticut.
- Tick abundance, habitat, and infectivity rates
- Deer population and habitat
- Recognition of the disease by those infected and health care practitioners
- Living in a wooded area
- Potential for contact with ticks, including recreational activities
- Disease reporting by the healthcare provider
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