Lyme Disease Statistics

From 1996 to 2013, over 19,000 cases of tick-borne diseases were reported in Minnesota, the majority of which (14,367 cases) were Lyme disease. In 2013, 1,431 confirmed Lyme disease cases (26.6 cases per 100,000 population) were reported. In addition, 909 probable cases (physician-diagnosed cases that did not meet clinical evidence criteria for a confirmed case but that had laboratory evidence of infection) were reported. The median number of 1,065 cases (range 912-1,431 cases) reported from 2005 through 2013 is considerably higher than the median number of cases reported annually from 1996 through 2004 (median 463 cases, range 252-1,023).

The number of Lyme disease cases has been increasing dramatically since the 1990s. A variety of factors, including increasing physician awareness, increasing infection rates in ticks, and expanding tick distribution may have led to this trend.

The Lyme disease cases in 2013 ranged in age from 1 to 88 years; the median age was 42 years. In 2013, 64% of Lyme disease cases were male.

Exposure to blacklegged ticks (deer ticks) and Lyme disease in Minnesota occurs primarily from May to July, and again in the autumn, when people are outdoors and ticks are actively feeding.

The majority of cases occur in June, July, and August, peaking just after the mid-May to mid-July period when blacklegged tick (deer tick) nymphs are feeding. This lag is due to the 3-30 day period between an infected tick bite and the start of signs and symptoms.

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In recent years, most Lyme disease cases reported likely exposure to blacklegged (deer) ticks in east-central, north-central, and southeast Minnesota.

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Updated Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 01:45PM