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Heightened risk of Lyme disease?

Dear Editor:

Aspenites need to be aware that there is a risk of Lyme disease in Utah reported recently in the American Medical Association Morning News as follows: Utah investigating its first potential cluster of Lyme disease.

The Salt Lake Tribune (April 18) reported that some “50 cases of the tick-borne illness” Lyme disease have been recorded “over a 14-month period in Utah County,” and the state has stepped in to decide whether it is experiencing its “first cluster of illness.” According to the CDC, “Lyme disease is rare in Utah, with no more than five to seven cases a year,” and “few, if any, of those cases are contracted here, said state epidemiologist Robert Rolfs.” Rolfs also added that the “sheer number of suspected cases in Utah County merits a closer look.”

Therefore, visitors to Utah need to be aware of Lyme disease risk, the classic skin rash and “Bull’s Eye” lesion, and appreciate that in time, Lyme disease may be appearing on the Western Slope of Colorado.

Tom Kurt, MD, MPH


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