Two Cases of Lyme Disease Reported in Arkansas

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KNWA)– The Arkansas Department of Health confirmed two cases of Lyme Disease in the state.

On Thursday, ADH sent a release saying two cases of tickborne disease met the surveillance definition for Lyme Disease. The last time a case met the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s surveillance definition was in 2007.

The CDC considers Arkansas a low-incidence state for Lyme Disease.

“Recognizing these two cases is consistent with Arkansas’ designation as a low-incidnece state for Lyme disease,” said Dirk Haselow, State Epidemiologist at ADH. “We know that Lyme is rare here, and we encourage doctors and patients to consider other diagnoses first. However, we are committed to finding cases of Lyme when they do occur. If a test for Lyme is done, it is important for the testing to be done correctly to meet the case definition. Doctors and patients can learn about proper testing and reporting for suspected Lyme cases on our website.”

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