New England is one of the most dangerous areas of the country to contract Lyme disease, according the Center for Disease Control’s Lyme disease statistics for 2007. The states with the highest reported incidents of Lyme disease cases per 100,000 population (in order from the highest) are Connecticut, Delaware, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Minnesota.
در سه ایالت در سال 2007 هیچ حادثه ای از بیماری لایم گزارش نشده است - هاوایی ، کلرادو و داکوتای جنوبی.
The ten states with the least number of reported incidents of Lyme disease tend to be located within the Sun Belt. They are (in order from the lowest rate) Hawaii, Colorado, South Dakota, Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Georgia and Kentucky.
Full statistics are published by the CDC at http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/lyme/ld_statistics.htm .
برخی از گروه ها استدلال کرده اند که بیماری مزمن لایم مسئول طیف وسیعی از علائم غیر قابل توضیح پزشکی مانند اختلال شناختی و روان پریشی صریح است ، از جمله زوال عقل ، طغیان های خشن و اختلالات شیزوفرنی مانند.
Terry Joe Sedlacek, the accused gunman in the fatal shooting of First Baptist Church of Maryville (IL) pastor Fred Winters, was diagnosed with Lyme disease. Sedlacek was the recipient of a large fundraiser last year aimed at securing funds for treatment not covered by his insurance. Details of the fundraiser are published at http://media.bnd.com/smedia/2009/03/09/12/338-tjsflyer.source.prod_affiliate.98.pdf .
Rutgers University Cooperative Extension (in New Jersey, a high-incidence state) offers tips for preventing the infection of Lyme disease at http://tinyurl.com/preventlyme . Tourists are advised to become familiar with these tips before visiting high-incidence areas.