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Friday, September 4, 2009

Harts of Lyme: September Report

While many WA doctors are still supported in using the outdated "wait-and-see" approach to tick bites and possible infections, more and more families are affected by tick-borne disease. Learn about Lyme; knowledge is power. The estimated national yearly rate of infection is now roughly 480,000 cases. Close to half a million people!

The CDC reports 23 new cases of Lyme in WA last year -- I can tell you we have been contacted by many more people yet to be properly diagnosed, or who have had their diagnosis rejected by the health department, insurance companies, and indeed most doctors who are behind in the facts.

Kris Newby, an award-winning screenwriter and science writer, blogs:

Lyme cases spike 77% from 2006 to 2008

Blog: Under Our Skin, published by Open Eye Pictures.
Written by: Kris Newby

August 23, 2009

Lyme disease continued its steep rise in 2008, as the CDC posted a final
tally of 35,198 reported cases, a 28% increase over the previous year.
Looking at a two-year timeframe, cases increased by 77% from 2006 to
2008. According to CDC epidemiologists, these reported cases are
underestimated 6- to 12-fold, due to inherent flaws in its passive
reporting system. So, the actual number of new Lyme cases in 2008 may
total upwards of 420,000. And many Lyme-literate physicians believe that
the real numbers may be even higher.

In 2008 the CDC changed its Lyme reporting process to include both
"confirmed" and "probable" cases in the total, and during this
transition year, it's difficult to tell how this affected the accuracy
of the case count. Fifteen states failed to report any "probable" cases.

Read the complete blog entry and join the conversation:

Related Link
Final tally of CDC Lyme Disease numbers for 2008:

Please contact your Representatives in Congress to ask them to support the Lyme Bills (HR 1179 & S 1352)...any information needed about the bills can be found at This would mean a lot to the Lyme Community, made up of many of our neighbours.

For online support in our state, please see:


Gigi said...

Keep up the good work in getting this info out. Your tireless battle in educating the public is making a difference in many lives and bringing awareness to others. After witnessing Anna's battle for years it's gratifying to see the CDC catching up (even if they are slow on the uptake.)

Mizu Sugimura said...

Gigi/Lorraine: You are both so inspiring! Isn't it so true that connections like this empower us to create a space for the needed changes to occur?

Kim Thompson said...

Bravo to a job well done on an important campaign!

Lorraine Hart said...

We are the ones we have been waiting for.

Thank you so much for all your support! What I would've done without Gigi in the last decade...well...I don't want to think about it! xo

Jaynie Jones said...

Obituary in The News Tribune today for Andrea Ortiz Peterson, who died from complications related to Lyme Disease. This is so sorrowful that her young life was cut short.

Lorraine Hart said...

Thank you Jaynie...I went to the site and left a condolence message. Yesterday was also the inurnment of our dear friend and Lymefighter, Leslie Wermers.
It's here, it's real, it's taking our loved ones.
Remember....if you are NOT accept less than six weeks of antibiotic prophylactic treatment. If your doctor tells you that they want to "wait and see" to me!