Lyme disease a growing threat



BAR HARBOR — The past few years have been witness to a steady increase in Lyme disease rates in the Mount Desert Island area, and now public health officials say the incidence of the illness, both here and nationally, is likely much higher than previously stated.

Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials in late August said that the number of people in the country coming down with the disease annually is likely 10 times higher than what doctors report. The CDC previously said that upwards of 30,000 people contract the disease annually; they now say that number is closer to 300,000.

Just how that translates to Maine cannot be known for sure, but state epidemiologist Dr. Stephen Sears said that in smaller states such as Maine, the reported and actual numbers of disease incidence are likely much closer.

Symptoms often mimic flu and can include fever, joint pain, headache and weakness.

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Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]
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