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CDC celebrates Lyme disease awareness month by spreading disinformation

I’m not sure there exists a single Lyme patient who still trusts the word of the CDC. If you’re new to this game or simply a bystander, take note.


Two days ago the CDC made an “awareness” post on Facebook. It contained an image depicting states with “high incidence” and “some local transmission” of Lyme Disease. The subtitle of the map read, “Take steps to prevent tick bites in areas where Lyme disease occurs,” implying that no Lyme disease occurs in the areas other than those designated “high” or “some” transmission.


Facebook users pounced to correct the CDC’s disinformation. I’m proud of their courage in “community-noting” harmful falsehoods being disseminated by the highest level of health authorities in America.


To summarize the data displayed in CDC’s map:

  • CDC claims high transmission rates occur only in the Northeast and upper Midwest, including the 16 states/territories of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.

  • CDC claims “some local transmission” of Lyme disease occurs in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, North Carolina, and parts of California, Oregon, and Washington (9 states).

  • That leaves a huge swath of the country—in fact, nearly all of its geographical territory—to be understood as posing zero risk for contracting Lyme disease. CDC is claiming, with a straight face during Lyme disease awareness month, that Lyme disease cannot be transmitted in 26 states, so don’t even worry about it.



This is simply untrue, and the “experts” at the CDC know it. Anyone can look up the current data and see that CDC says annual cases are near half a million.


Take a look at this map which CDC used to illustrate the incidence of Lyme disease in the U.S. in 1988-1989:


There are THREE states that had zero reported cases. Are we to believe that in a span of 25 years, with total incidence increase of nearly TEN THOUSAND PERCENT, that the CDC has successfully eradicated Lyme in 21 states? Are we to believe that they have done NOTHING and somehow—in nearly half the country—they’ve magically solved the problem of a rapidly-spreading vector-borne menace that destroys lives?


Gosh, we must have George Bush, Senior, and his 1989 proclamation to thank!



Seriously, though: what has the CDC done to eliminate Lyme disease? Can anyone provide any concrete examples? From what I’ve seen, their response has consisted of:



I don’t know what else to say other than, CDC, STOP LYING.


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