Lyme Disease in Oregon #340594 - Ask Extension


Lyme Disease in Oregon #340594

Asked July 07, 2016, 7:58 PM EDT

While Multnomah County has a high Lyme infection rate (as per CDC list of counties in OR) is there information to distinguish whether it is suspected that the infection (tick presence and bite) occurred in Multnomah County, or rather that people form this county travel throughout the state where they become infected, and then report the infection because they live here. Any articles you could refer me to regarding this topic would be greatly appreciated.

Multnomah County Oregon

Expert Response

I'm sorry but I don't know of any studies along these lines. I'd check with the state epidemiologist but I'd be surprised if this level of study has been done. It is an interesting question especially since Lyme Disease is still relatively rare (less than 100 cases in 2014) and hence the background noise for the data might be low.

Jack DeAngelis Replied July 11, 2016, 1:44 PM EDT

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