Special Report

12 Worst States for Lyme Disease

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2. Vermont
> Incidence of Lyme disease: 104 per 100,000 residents
> Confirmed cases: 646 (11th highest)
> Uninsured rate: 4.6% (5th lowest)
> Pct. adults physically active: 81.4% (8th highest)

Vermont has a large rural population and is known for its outdoor activities, such as hiking, camping, and backpacking. This, and the fact that the state is in the midst of the blacklegged ticks’ habitat, means state residents are among the most likely in the country to contract Lyme disease. There were 646 confirmed cases in the state in 2017, or 104 per 100,000 people.

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1. Maine
> Incidence of Lyme disease: 107 per 100,000 residents
> Confirmed cases: 1,424 (5th highest)
> Uninsured rate: 8.1% (25th highest)
> Pct. adults physically active: 79.8% (18th highest)

Maine’s incidence of confirmed Lyme disease cases of 107 per 100,000 residents in 2017 was the highest of any state. It was also more than 10 times higher than the national incidence rate of 9.1 cases per 100,000 residents. A primarily rural state, many in Maine are likely to be close to grassy and wooded areas where disease-carrying blacklegged ticks tend to live.

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