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STAUNTON, Va.--- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of people diagnosed could be 10 times higher than the reported cases.
Every year, more than 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported nationwide. However, preliminary estimates suggest 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year.
Epidemiologist Jonathan Falk said this is not surprising because some people may not go to the doctor when they are ill or they may be misdiagnosed.
In our area Lyme disease cases have increased since 2007 with nearly 70 to 80 cases.
"Part of it, can be driven by number of ticks in the environment, the reservoirs, the mice, the deer that carry Lyme disease and then pass it to the ticks. Other factors also include lab testing," Falk.
To prevent Lyme disease, he recommends that you to wear repellent when you are outdoors. He also recommends to check for ticks and shower after you are outside. You can also contact your doctor, if you develop a rash or a fever.
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