DOH's Official Reporting of TBIs
The Oklahoma State Department of Health has been required since 1991 by Oklahoma Law (Title 310 ch.515:1) to report submitted cases of Lyme Disease. It has only been since Dr. Crutcher, Health Commissioner at the DOH, that this law has not been respected and refused to report cases to the CDC that meet the national criteria. A federal law 107.116 was enacted in January 2001 to address this exact problem - again DOH refuses to adhere.
If you would like to have your doctor diagnosed and/or positive TBI test results to be included in LDSG's annual reporting to the CDC, please download, print and fill out the PDF file below and mail with a COPY of the applicable document(s).
LDSG Disclosure Release
CDC Stats on Lyme Disease by Symptoms
The CDC has been tracking data on Lyme Disease submitted by the various state health deptartment since the early 1990s. Remember that each state establishes their own standards/criteria for reporting, thus even though CDC uses a specific case definition this may NOT be relevant to the state reporting. The following links provide statistical data as of 2004.
Stats by Symptoms: CDC's clinical findings among 119,965 patients for whom at least one symptom was reported (reporting period 1992-2004).
US Map of Reported cases: Map shows clusters (dots) of cases reported and because the data includes 2004 reporting from the Oklahoma State Dept. of Health, Oklahoma actually shows some dots!
Variety of Stats (list): CDC's Lyme Disease Statistics webpage, includes maps, charts and tables, reports, and links on the right for more detailed information on Lyme Disease.
DOD Human Tick-bite Testing Results
The Department of Defense (DOD) has a service known as the DOD Human Tick Test Kit Program, and it serves as a ‘first alert’ for tick-bite patients and their health care providers. The service is free for Military personnel! Over the last five years of testing 20-25% of the ticks submitted were positive for the Lyme Disease causing bacteria. Stats were broken down as follows:
2004 = 336 ticks tested with 81 positive (24%)
2003 = 451 ticks tested with 94 positive (20.8%)
2002 = 456 ticks tested with 116 positive (25.4%)
2001 = 571 ticks tested with 115 positive (20%)
2000 = 379 ticks tested with 92 positive (24.2%)
* LDSG has on file DOD's documentations for the pdf file above.