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September 1992

Effectiveness in Disease and Injury Prevention: Lyme Disease Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors — Connecticut, 1992

Arch Dermatol. 1992;128(9):1171-1172. doi:10.1001/archderm.1992.01680190025002

Lyme disease (LD), caused by infection with the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi, is the most commonly reported tickborne illness in the United States.1 Because no vaccine is available and effective measures to control tick populations are experimental, education is the most important approach to preventing LD. LD was identified in Connecticut in 19752; in 1991, Connecticut had the highest rate of LD in the United States (36 per 100000 population), and cases were reported in residents from 134 of Connecticut's 169 cities. To assess knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors related to LD, the State of Connecticut Department of Health Services and the University of Connecticut conducted a telephone survey of adults in Connecticut during the first 2 weeks of May 1992. This report summarizes the results of the survey.

A random sample of 200 households, stratified by the proportion of the state's households in each of Connecticut's eight counties, was

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