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The Boston Globe

Health & wellness

Lyme disease more common than previously thought

Lyme disease is 10 times more common than the federal government previously had counted, with about 300,000 people across the country getting the disease each year from deer ticks – most in the Northeast.

The new estimate, released Monday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is based on analyses of six years of data from health insurance claims, laboratories, and patients. Past estimates of 30,000 cases a year relied on what physicians reported to states, but it was widely known that many cases went unreported.

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