Lyme Disease Tick Map
By American Lyme Disease Foundation, Inc.
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Lyme disease is preventable when you know how to avoid tick bites and what to do if bitten. Information on black-legged ticks which cause Lyme disease is provided for any location in the continental US. If you are bitten, instructions show you how to remove a tick, determine how long a tick has been attached, and if you should seek medical attention. Signs and symptoms of Lyme disease are shown and a physician reference is provided.
By the American Lyme Disease Foundation, Inc.
What's New in Version 1.2
Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation on the web, in the general public, and even within the medical community--this app takes a small step to try to correct this problem. It's unfortunate that some users who have posted highly negative reviews here have had to suffer as a result of misdiagnosis, however, this app and the associated website is one of very few sources that present objective, science-based information on this disease.
The information on this disease is continually evolving so information we have a year from now will be better and possibly even conflict with what we have today, but that doesn't mean that this information is dangerous, nor that it should be ignored.
The information presented here doesn't encourage people to dismiss or ignore the possibility of Lyme Disease, to the contrary, this app helps to raise awareness of Lyme Disease. Claims that this data is a result of some nefarious conspiracy do not deserve comment and should be ignored.
Is this app (and the associated data) perfect? Certainly not. But, is this the best app of its kind and one that does its best to present accurate information and correct myths? Certainly YES!
The way the information is displayed concerning the types of ticks that the app identifies leads one to believe that if a tick doesn't spread Lyme Disease, then it is harmless. But the dog tick, for example, spreads Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, a disease that when left untreated kills about 20% of those who get infected and is generally considered more dangerous than Lyme. I know the app centers on Lyme, but I think at least a little note is warranted about Rocky Mountain, Babesia...and all other tick borne diseases just in case someone were to get bitten, have symptoms and then dismiss them as they cannot be Lyme due to the type of tick they found.
Also, the map is misleading since it doesn't cover STAR (Southern Tick Associated Rash) Disease as that particular disease is probably just another strain of Lyme for which we cannot yet test for antibodies.
Overall, the app fails to educate and indeed may even mislead an unsuspecting user.
As a believer in science and evidence-based medicine, as well as a public health epidemiologist, this app provides accurate information about Lyme disease and it's prevention...despite what some of the negative reviewers are saying (there is an unfortunate amount of dangerous misinformation about Lyme disease spewed on the Internet).
Four stars, only because the map misses a couple small locales I am personally familiar with.