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One State Is Easily the Worst for Lyme Disease

Sorry, Mainers
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2020 11:05 AM CDT

(Newser) – COVID-19 may be stealing all the headlines, but this is also prime season for Lyme disease. The tick-borne illness has been reported in every state, though it's far more prevalent in some places than others, notes 24/7 Wall Street in a new ranking. Maine earns the unwanted distinction of being worst, with 92 cases per 100,000 people, far higher than the national average of 8.1 cases per 100,000 people. Read on for the 10 states where the disease is most common.

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  1. Maine: 92 cases per 100,000 people
  2. Vermont: 79.1 cases per 100,000 people
  3. Pennsylvania: 68.1 cases per 100,000 people
  4. New Hampshire: 63.8 cases per 100,000 people
  5. Rhode Island: 56.4 cases per 100,000 people
  6. Delaware: 45.7 cases per 100,000 people
  7. New Jersey: 36.6 cases per 100,000 people
  8. Connecticut: 36.2 cases per 100,000 people
  9. Wisconsin: 25.4 cases per 100,000 people
  10. West Virginia: 24.9 cases per 100,000 people
See the full list. (Or for a less-gloomy list, see the best beaches in America.)

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