Lyme Disease Statistics
In 2016, 1,305 confirmed Lyme disease cases (23.78 cases per 100,000 population) were reported. In addition, 821 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. Despite some yearly fluctuations, the number of reported cases of Lyme disease has been increasing, as evidenced by the median number of cases from 2006 through 2016 (median, 1,176; range, 896 to 1,431) compared to the median from 1996 to 2005 (median, 464; range, 252 to 1,023).
Eight hundred one (62%) confirmed cases in 2016 were male. The median age of cases was 49 years (range, 1 to 100 years). Physician-diagnosed erythema migrans (EM) was present in 973 (75%) cases. Four hundred one (31%) cases had one or more late manifestations of Lyme disease (including 262 with a history of objective joint swelling, 115 with cranial neuritis including Bell’s Palsy, 21 with acute onset of 2nd or 3rd degree atrioventricular conduction defects, 9 with lymphocytic meningitis, and 4 with radiculoneuropathy) and confirmation by Western immunoblot (positive IgM ≤30 days post-onset or positive IgG). Of the 1,200 cases with known onset dates, onset of symptoms peaked from June through August, with 61% of EM cases experiencing symptom onset in June or July. This timing corresponds with peak activity of nymphal I. scapularis ticks in mid- May through mid-July. The majority of cases either resided in or traveled to endemic counties in north-central, east-central, or southeast Minnesota, or Wisconsin.
- Interactive Lyme disease data
Interactive facts and figures available through MN Public Health Data Access. Includes reported cases of Lyme disease in Minnesota by year, month, age, sex, and symptom as well as a map of Lyme disease cases over time.
Charts and graphs
- Reported Cases of Lyme Disease in Minnesota
by Year, 1996-2016 (PDF)
Graph showing the number of reported cases of Lyme disease in Minnesota by year.
In recent years, most Lyme disease cases reported likely exposure to blacklegged (deer) ticks in east-central, north-central, and southeast Minnesota.
- High Risk Areas for Tickborne Diseases in Minnesota
A map that shows counties of highest tick-borne disease risk in Minnesota.
- Lyme Disease, 2016
Minnesota Department of Health, Disease Control Newsletter;
Annual Summary of Communicable Diseases Reported to the Minnesota Department of Health, 201 6
- CDC: Lyme Disease Statistics
Maps, charts, tables, and reports from the CDC.