CDC reports significant decline in cases of Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF), West Nile Virus, and Tularemia nationally in 2009 compared to 2008

Lyme Disease:  2008 =34,728 vs 2009 =29,780  (Down 4,948 or 14%)

RMSF:  2008 =2,384 vs 2009 =1,393  (Down 991 or 42%)

West Nile:  2008 =1,356 vs 2009 =690  (Down 666 or 49%)

Tularemia:  2008 =123 vs 2009 =79  (Down 44 or 36%)

(Source:  CDC’s Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report  January 8, 2010 / 58(51&52);1458-1469)

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