FASTEST GROWING
ACCORDING TO THE CDC, LYME DISEASE IS THE FASTEST GROWING VECTOR-BORNE, INFECTIOUS DISEASE IN THE UNITED STATES.

25x
THE NUMBER OF CASES REPORTED ANNUALLY HAS INCREASED NEARLY 25-FOLD SINCE NATIONAL SURVEILLANCE BEGAN IN 1982.
300
THERE ARE 5 SUBSPECIES OF BORRELIA BURGDORFERI, OVER 100 STRAINS IN THE US, AND 300 STRAINS WORLDWIDE
This diversity is thought to contribute to its ability to evade the immune system and antibiotic therapy, leading to chronic infection

200,000
MANY EXPERTS BELIEVE 200,000 PEOPLE PER YEAR ARE BEING INFECTED WITH THIS DISEASE.
The CDC reports 24,364 confirmed cases and 8,733 probable cases of Lyme disease in 2011 in the US, but acknowledges the actual number may be far higher due to underreporting. Everyone agrees there are no tests to accurately determine the real number.
NEW LYME DISEASE CASES IN US
CASES PER MONTH
2,758
CDC ESTIMATE
16,667
EXPERT ESTIMATE
CASES PER WEEK
636
CDC ESTIMATE
3,846
EXPERT ESTIMATE

CASES PER DAY
91
CDC ESTIMATE
548
EXPERT ESTIMATE
CASES PER HOUR
4
CDC ESTIMATE
23
EXPERT ESTIMATE

NO ACCURATE TESTS
THERE ARE NO TESTS AVAILABLE TO PROVE THAT THE ORGANISM IS ERADICATED OR THAT THE PATIENT IS CURED.

50%
FEWER THAN 50% OF PATIENTS WITH LYME DISEASE RECALL A TICK BITE.
50%
FEWER THAN 50% OF PATIENTS WITH LYME DISEASE RECALL ANY RASH.

35%
THE ELISA SCREENING TEST IS UNRELIABLE.
The common Elisa test you receive at your doctor's office misses 35% of culture proven Lyme disease. Some studies indicate up to 50% of the patients tested for Lyme disease receive false negative results.
50%
UP TO FIFTY PERCENT OF TICKS IN LYME-ENDEMIC AREAS ARE INFECTED.
The onset of Lyme disease symptoms can be easily mistaken for other illnesses. Once symptoms are more evident the disease may have already entered the central nervous system, and could be hard to cure.

40%
40% OF LYME PATIENTS END UP WITH LONG TERM HEALTH PROBLEMS.
The average patient sees 5 doctors over nearly 2 years before being diagnosed.
40%
SHORT TREATMENT COURSES HAVE RESULTED IN UPWARDS OF A 40% RELAPSE RATE, ESPECIALLY IF TREATMENT IS DELAYED.
There has never been a study demonstrating that 30 days of antibiotic treatment cures chronic Lyme disease. However there is much documentation demonstrating that short courses of antibiotic treatment fail to eradicate the Lyme spirochete.