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Lyme Disease is Rising Across Michigan. Who is at Risk?

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LANSING May 9, 2022 ~ The first known tick with Lyme disease in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula was discovered in 2002; now every region in the state is at risk, according to Michigan.gov.

The number of reported Lyme disease cases nearly doubled from 2016 to 2020, growing from 228 to 451 in just four years.

However, experts estimate reported cases are massively undercounted.

According to the CDC, while nearly 30,000 confirmed cases are reported nationwide, estimates factoring other statistics — including number of treated individuals — suggest cases per year number closer to 476,000.

Hear 760 WJR Senior News Analyst Chris Renwick tell Paul W. Smith the full story below.


May 9, 2022 ~ 760 WJR Senior News Analyst Chris Renwick tells Paul W. experts say there’s a rise in Lyme disease cases across Michigan as dangerous deer ticks make their way around the state. So why have cases doubled over the last 5 years?