Recently, the Arkansas Department of Health determined that two cases of tickborne disease met the surveillance definition for Lyme disease.
A case in Arkansas has not met the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) surveillance definition since 2007.
Arkansas is considered a low-incidence state for Lyme cases by the CDC. Arkansas is in the low-incidence category based on geographical patterns of disease in the US, as well as past reports of the disease in the state. Arkansas is among the group of 31 states where the incidence of Lyme disease has been less than 1 in 100,000 persons from 2005-2014 and among 15 states where the incidence has been under one case per million persons in the same timeframe.
In comparison, Arkansas reports a…