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CDC reports high number of Lyme disease cases in PA

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LEBANON, Pa. (WHTM) -

According to the CDC, Pennsylvania has more reported cases of Lyme disease than any other state.

The CDC also says as many as 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with the disease every year, but only about 20,000 to 30,000 report it.

Dr. Mark Bonin of Good Samaritan Health System says a big contributing factor is that Lyme disease can be hard to diagnose.

"The symptoms are fairly non-specific: things like fever, fatigue, malaise, meaning just feeling achy and ill," he explained. "People will mistake it for the flu, or they caught a bug ."

If you see a tick on you, Dr. Bonin recommends that you should see a doctor just in case.

"Very, very often a person doesn't know they were bitten by a tick at all. About half the people that end up with Lyme don't recall a bite."

And according to the American Lyme Disease Association, 10 to 20 percent of people with Lyme disease never develop the signature bullseye rash.

Dr. Bonin hopes the new CDC report will catch Midstaters' attention.

"It's certainly endemic, very common in the Pennsylvania area, and I think the more we know about it the more alert we can be to the symptoms."

The CDC also broke down the statistics county by county. Here in the Midstate, York County has the highest number of confirmed cases than anywhere else in Central PA.

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