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Study Shows Lyme Disease More Prevalent Than Reported
Vineyard Gazette, November 4, 2011
By PETER BRANNEN
As the Island boards of health begin to engage in a five-year effort to battle tick-borne illnesses on the Vineyard, early field work from a group of medical students on the Island points to serious deficiencies in reporting tick diseases to state public health officials, especially for Lyme disease.
For two weeks ending last Friday, a team of rural health scholars, nursing and pharmacy students from the University of Massachusetts conducted 945 surveys on ferries, at the high school, at ESL classes and at local churches about tick-borne illness. The work complemented hours of interviews with Island health care workers and pharmacists also conducted by the students. The work is supported by a $250,000 grant from the Martha?s Vineyard Hospital.
Results presented last Friday at the regional high school show early statistical evidence of high rates of Lyme disease here.
Researchers report that in 2010 Island pharmacies filled an estimated 1,200 prescriptions for doxycycline, the antibiotic of choice for treating Lyme disease. Of those prescriptions, pharmacists estimated that 90 per cent, or 1,080 of the prescriptions were for new cases of Lyme. By contrast the Centers for Disease Control recorded 25 officially-reported cases of Lyme disease in Dukes County.