After a major release of data last week, local data about Lyme disease and deer ticks are now publicly available through the Maine Tracking Network’s interactive data portal. The Maine CDC made the town-level data available in response to increasing requests from municipalities, local organizations and residents trying to make informed decisions about Lyme disease prevention strategies.
For the first time, users can explore the number and incidence rate of reported cases of Lyme disease for the years 2008 through 2014 for hundreds of Maine towns.
Combined with town-level maps that show where Maine residents have reported acquiring deer ticks, the creepy-crawly pest that spreads the disease, there is a new wealth of information within the Maine Tracking Network that can be used to track the disease and develop local prevention efforts.
Lyme disease data for 2015 are also now available for counties, public health districts and the state, with town-level data to follow later this year.
And, there is even more to explore in the data portal following last week’s release with the addition of survey data on the percentage of Maine adults that have ever been diagnosed with Lyme disease. Survey data are available for all Maine counties, public health districts and the state.
Lyme disease is one of the most commonly reported infectious diseases in Maine, and has increased more than six fold over the last decade. School-aged children and adults over the age of 65 continue to be the populations most affected by Lyme disease in Maine.