Almost 10% of people in North America are infected with Lyme disease

According to new estimates, one in 10 people in North America may have Lyme disease.

For decades, researchers have not been able to pinpoint the exact extent of tick-borne illness.

But researchers at Kunming Medical University in southern China now estimate that some 50 million people, or 9.4 percent, on the continent have been infected at some point in their lives.

Researchers estimate that 14.5 percent of the world’s population is infected, or one in seven.

It is estimated that one in five cases is infected in Central Europe, one in seven in East Asia and one in 10 in Eastern Europe. It ranks fourth in North America.

According to new estimates, one in ten people in North America suffers from Lyme disease. Worldwide, about 14 percent of the world’s population is infected

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by tick bites.  It causes round rashes and can cause flu-like symptoms, but usually improves with antibiotics within a few weeks or months.  In the photo: tick stock

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by tick bites. It causes round rashes and can cause flu-like symptoms, but usually improves with antibiotics within a few weeks or months. In the photo: tick stock


Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that can be transmitted to humans through infected mites.

It causes symptoms around the tick bite, including round or round rashes, which usually appear within four weeks after the bite, but can last up to three months.

Some people experience flu-like symptoms in the days after a bite, including fever, headaches, muscle and joint pain, and loss of energy.

In some patients with Lyme disease, symptoms such as fatigue, pain, and loss of energy can last for years.

It is not clear why some suffer from ongoing symptoms and there is no coordinated treatment for the disease.

Not all mites carry the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, but infected mites can be found in the UK.

High-risk areas include grasslands and forests in the north and south of England, as well as the highlands of Scotland.

People are advised to remove ticks safely and as quickly as possible using tweezers.

For the meta-analysis, the researchers studied blood samples from a study of 150,000 people between 1984 and 2021.

Each paper reviewed Lyme disease results from blood test results for antibodies to the disease.

This has allowed scientists to confirm whether a person is currently infected or has been infected before.

The team said the findings, published in the journal BMJ Global Health, were “the most comprehensive and up-to-date systematic report” on the prevalence of Lyme disease worldwide.

They said an “accurate” indicator of the global prevalence of the disease would help “identify risk factors.”

This then, they added, “informs the development of public health policies and control programs.”

Earlier, the most accurate figures put the death toll at about 30,000 in the United States each year. However, they thought that they were not valued much.

There are no figures on how many people die from the disease each year, but it rarely leads to death.

Ticks are second only to mosquitoes in the number of harmful microbes they carry.

Some contain the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato, which is responsible for Lyme disease.

The infection causes round-shaped rashes around the site of the tick bite – or “bull’s eye”, which can occur up to three months after the bite.

Most infections can be treated with a course of antibiotics.

However, if patients wait too long to seek help, the bacteria can spread to other organs and tissues, affecting the nervous system, joints, heart, and skin.

Symptoms of chronic illness include severe headaches, facial paralysis, and palpitations.

Lyme disease is diagnosed using a simple antibody test. However, in the early stages of infection, up to 60 percent of cases are missed because there are too few antibodies to test.

Ticks have spread around the world in recent years, “significantly increasing the risk of human contact,” the study said.

This may be due to the long summers and warm winters, the migration of animals, and the increase in time spent outside.

The sub-analysis showed that men over the age of 50 and those living in rural areas were infected with Lyme disease.

Men worked in areas where ticks were more common, such as farmers, police, and soldiers.

The team said it was “important” to develop new treatments and prevention methods.

However, they noted that one-third of the studies used one type of test to confirm Lyme disease infection.

These studies reported more cases than those who used the second test to confirm the case.

This may be due to the fact that the bacteria behind Lyme are similar to other viruses, such as Epstein-Barr.

And they said that some of the studies were conducted in areas where Lyme disease is endemic, and therefore had a much higher rate.


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