The new data is the latest to show that Lyme Disease is on the rise in the U.S. The research found that since 2007, private insurance claims related to the virus have increased significantly over the past five years, including recent incidents. These relative increases particularly pronounced in rural areas.
Research has addressed fraud allegations for out-of-network fraud allegations. An organization formed in 2009 as part of a settlement between New York State and local health insurers. The resulting organization is FAIR Health, an independent nonprofit organization.
Since then, the organization, in collaboration with health policy researchers, has collected and regularly analyzed data on private insurance claims. It’s what they say is the largest database of its kind in the US.
For the new report, researchers tracked complaints that described a Lyme diagnosis from 2007. Between 2007 and 2021, they found a 65% increase in complaints from residents of cities and other urban areas, and a 357% increase in people making complaints.
In rural areas, the report is an update to an analysis conducted in 2017 by FAIR Health. Lyme diagnoses have also continued to increase since then. Between 2016 and 2021, demand from urban areas is 19%, while demand from rural areas has risen to 60%.
Civic areas generally have further judgments because of the larger population. However, our data show that Lyme Disease diagnoses are increasing more rapidly in rural areas. Thomas Swift, principal operating officer at FAIR Health, told Gizmodo in an dispatch.
The latest finding is that Lyme Disease and other infections
The latest finding is that Lyme and other infections are becoming more common over time. This is in line with other research indicating this.
Based on commercial insurance data and their own analysis. For example, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that more than 450,000 Americans are now diagnosed and treated for Lyme each year.
This is more than 10 times the number of reported cases. The CDC previously estimated only 300,000 annual cases.
According to FAIR Health’s data, there are some differences in the areas where Lyme know to cluster. It has also suggested that outsiders often encounter ticks carrying this disease every few years.
In 2017, for illustration, claims from North Carolina rose significantly. The state had the third-highest ratio of Lyme-related claims against all diagnoses that year.
By 2021, North Carolina will no longer be in the top five. However, Maine replaced it as third on the final state list, having never previously been in the top five.
The other four states with the highest proportion of Lyme-related diagnoses in both 2017 and 2021 are: New Jersey Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Lyme disease causes by certain Borrelia bacteria (usually B. burgdorferi). Most are easily treated with antibiotics, especially when caught early.
However, a few people report prolonged post-infection symptoms known as post-treatment Lyme syndrome. These symptoms are theorized to be secondary to “chronic Lyme” and are caused by ongoing infection from the bacteria.
Although there is no conclusive evidence, this may be related to immune dysfunction after infection. People who are not diagnosed and treated early can develop serious complications. They continue to experience symptoms such as nerve pain and muscle weakness even after treatment.
Interestingly enough, there are other findings of FAIR Health. Lyme contributes to an increased risk of long-term illness among sufferers.
FAIR Health used their data to compare the outcomes of Lyme patients to the overall population. Fatigue, a form seen in all age groups; Illness and other health problems are more likely to discover later.
Now, researchers are continuing efforts to develop an effective vaccine for Lyme disease. But climate change continues largely unhindered. Lyme and other tick-related diseases will represent an ever-growing thorn in our side. Experts hope it’s something doctors and researchers will have to keep an eye on.
“ Right now, health departments focused on treating the COVID 19 pandemic. However, there are still other conditions and health problems that receive public attention.” FAIR Health’s data shows that Lyme complaints have plateaued but are continuing.