Kentucky has the fastest growing lyme disease outbreak in the US, insurance data suggests https://t.co/qvrrmB7Wu8— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) August 21, 2022
Kentucky has the fastest growing Lyme Disease outbreak in the country. According to insurance claims data the Volunteer State was recording 10 claims per 100,000 people in 2021, up from just five in 2016 — a doubling in five years. West Virginia, Idaho, Ohio and Nebraska each also saw claims surge more than 60 percent over the same period.
Experts warn that higher seasonal temperatures have opened up new habitats for ticks in more mountainous areas, which may be fueling the rise in cases.
Insurance claims for Lyme disease in the U.S. were lower in 2021 and 2020 than in the four years beforehand. But this drop was likely down to the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to people being less likely to go outside or attend hospitals to seek medical care for fear of catching the virus.
New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts — in the ticks normal range — had the most claims for Lyme disease in 2021. Experts said claims are so high there because ticks in the region are more likely to carry the illness and there is a higher density of people, raising the risk of someone being bitten.