California can crack down on Lyme disease
Excerpted from the SF Examiner: (10/03/2013)
The dramatic revelation recently by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that there are 300,000-plus new cases of Lyme disease each year has burned up the news wires, as well it should.
Lyme is a miserable disease that, if left untreated or misdiagnosed, can lead to a lifetime of suffering. The CDC’s report confirms what many have suspected for a long time — Lyme disease is a significant public health concern.
And while reports indicate the bulk of cases are in the Northeast, we Californians should pause before we take that sigh of relief.
Lyme disease has been reported in California and 48 other states. The California Department of Public Health reports that the Western black-legged tick, which transmits Lyme disease in California, has been found in 56 counties. The agency also said ticks testing positive for the disease-causing bacteria have been found in more than 40 counties.