The Office of Epidemiology, Georgia Department of Human Resources (GDHR), maintains surveillance for three tickborne diseases—Lyme disease (LD), Rocky Mountain Spotted fever (RMSF), and human ehrlichiosis. This report summarizes data on the occurrence of these three diseases in Georgia during 1989.
During 1989, 715 LD cases* were reported to the GDHR—a >12-fold increase from the 59 cases reported in 1988. Cases peaked during the summer, when ticks are most active. Onset for at least 84 (12%) patients occurred during previous years. Each of the 19 health districts in Georgia reported one or more cases of LD.Of the 715 patients, 365 (51% ) were female; 596 (84% ) were white, 36 (5% ) were black, and 82 (11%) were of unrecorded race. Median age of patients was 40 years (range; 1-85 years). Cases were reported from 114 (72%) of the 159 counties in Georgia. A band of counties across the midsection
Tickborne Diseases—Georgia, 1989. Arch Dermatol. 1990;126(8):1002. doi:10.1001/archderm.1990.01670320022002