The Utah Department of Health and Utah County Health Department have worked together to systematically investigate reported cases of Lyme disease in Utah County and throughout the state.
Lyme disease cases that were reported to public health in Utah in 2008 and 2009 have been reviewed. This review has included a thorough examination of laboratory data, disease symptoms reported, and clinician notes for each of the reported cases.
Cases were broken down into the following categories: Confirmed, Probable, Suspect, Unknown and Not a Case. They were further broken down by area of exposure (if known). For the Lyme disease cases reported in 2008-2009, no confirmed or probable cases were identified whose illness could not be explained by a history of travel to a Lyme disease endemic area outside of Utah. Case counts are included in the table below.
To further investigate the reported cluster of possible Lyme disease cases in Utah County, public health in Utah County offered additional Lyme disease testing for individuals that were reported to public health as part of this possible Lyme disease cluster. A total of 36 people tied to this possible disease cluster were notified about the additional testing. Of those 36 people, 12 responded back, and eight were tested. The specimens have been sent to the laboratory at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Utah County Health Department is currently awaiting those laboratory test results from the CDC.
Updated September 29, 2010
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