Lyme disease has now spread to all 50 states, report finds

This is a tick though they can sometimes be as small as a poppy seed. Image Vet UK

This is a tick though they can sometimes be as small as a poppy seed. Image Vet UK

The Vermont Department of Health has confirmed that a Vermont resident has died from a rare complication from Lyme disease called Lyme carditis.

"Our data shows that positive results for Lyme are both increasing in number and occurring in geographic areas not historically associated with the disease".

It comes after a study released last week revealed that every U.S. state has residents who tested positive for Lyme disease.

Pennsylvania has had the most Lyme disease cases in the country.

Lyme Disease is transmitted by blacklegged ticks infected with the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi.

A red bump will appear at the site of the tick bite and between three to 30 days later, sufferers will experience, chills, headache, fever, joint pain and muscle weakness. Pennsylvania had 10,001 cases of Lyme disease in 2017, more than any other state in the nation.

It's the first reported death due to Lyme carditis in Vermont. Once in the tissue, the bacteria can interfere with the normal movement of electrical signals between the heart's chambers, resulting in heart block.

The new study comes just a few months after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that cases of tick-borne diseases had more than doubled over the past 13 years.

Levine said that as long as Lyme disease and Lyme carditis are caught early, they can be treated effectively with antibiotics.

The department released no details about the fatality, saying only that the victim was a Franklin County resident.

Quest Diagnostics has released their findings of over six million blood tests taken over the last seven years. California had 483 people with positive test results - a 194.5 percent increase from 2015.

The report of the resident's death comes just a week after a study from Quest Diagnostics revealed that Lyme disease has reached every state in the USA and the nation's capital.

Levine says while tick-borne diseases can cause serious illness, Lyme disease, including Lyme carditis, is treatable.

According to CNBC, Valneva, a French company, is working on a vaccine for Lyme disease that was recently approved for fast-track by the FDA.

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