According to the CDC there were almost 60,000 confirmed cases of Lyme disease in 2017, but estimates are that actual numbers could be ten times that figure. Tick bites are the source of the disease, and the number of cases keeps growing apparently as result growing populations of deer and other wildlife that carry the disease. The disease can be successfully treated with antibiotics, especially if caught early, but it can lead to chronic health problem if left untreated:
The disease is concentrated in the northeast US but is spreading to other parts of the country:
Parts of Pennsylvania, where I live, are in the middle of the outbreak. I personally know several people who have been infected, and the person with the most recent case said their doctor is seeing three or four new cases per week in the summer.
In at least two cases that I know of personally, the people were misdiagnosed. In case, person in Florida for an extended visit from Pennsylvania. Florida doctors dismissed the possibility of Lyme disease even when the patient asked for a test. The patient finally received necessary treatment when they got back home.
Has any one else seen problems with Lyme disease?