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CDC. Lyme disease: what you need to know. Accessed May 3, 2021.

May 03, 2021
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Nine stories for Lyme Disease Awareness Month


CDC. Lyme disease: what you need to know. Accessed May 3, 2021.

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May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month.

To prevent tick bites, the CDC recommends taking the following preventive measures:

Tick warning sign
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Credit: Adobe Stock.
  • Use Environmental Protection Agency-registered insect repellants.
  • Wear clothing treated with 0.5% permethrin, and retreat clothing annually.
  • Shower after spending time outdoors.
  • Check daily for ticks.
  • Tumble clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes after spending time outdoors.

In observance of the month, we compiled a list of nine stories related to Lyme disease.

Nearly 500K Americans diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, analysis finds

According to an analysis published in Emerging Infectious Diseases, an average of nearly half a million Americans are estimated to have received a diagnosis of Lyme disease each year between 2010 and 2018. Read more.

Q&A: Lyme disease guidelines updated for first time in 14 years

The Infectious Diseases Society of America, American Academy of Neurology and American College of Rheumatology updated the guidelines for Lyme disease for the first time in 14 years. Read more.

CDC OKs new two-tier testing algorithm for Lyme disease

The CDC endorsed the use of a two-tier testing algorithms that includes a second enzyme immunoassay in place of a western immunoblot assay. Read more.

Lyme disease incidence three times higher in UK than previously thought, study suggests

Findings published in BMJ Open suggested that the incidence of Lyme disease in the United Kingdom is three times higher than previous estimates. Read more.

Lyme disease often misdiagnosed, resulting in unnecessary antibiotics

A 14-year study in Baltimore found that many patients are incorrectly diagnosed with Lyme disease and given unnecessary antibiotics. Read more.

Potential human risk associated with increasing prevalence of Lyme in dogs

A study published in 2019 found that Lyme disease prevalence among dogs in the United States spiked in endemic areas and areas where the disease is not usually observed in humans. Read more.

Valneva to study Lyme disease vaccine candidate in children

Valneva said it will study its VLA15 vaccine candidate in children. Read more.

People with Lyme neuroborreliosis not at overall increased risk for psychiatric disorders

Results from a national survey showed that patients with Lyme neuroborreliosis were not at increased risk for psychiatric disorders. Read more.

Not just Lyme: 22% of blacklegged ticks collected on Long Island carry multiple pathogens

A high prevalence of infections capable of causing human disease were observed among three separate tick species collected in Long Island. Read more.