Tickborne Disease Surveillance Data Summary

In 2018, state and local health departments reported 47,743 cases of tickborne disease to CDC.

Reported Tickborne Diseases, U.S. 2016 2017 2018
Reported Tickborne Diseases, U.S.
Lyme Disease (confirmed and probable) 36,429 42,743 33,666
Anaplasmosis/Ehrlichiosis 5,750 7,718 6,123
Spotted Fever Rickettsiosis§ 4,269 6,248 5,544
Babesiosis§§ 1,910 2,368 2,160
Tularemia 230 239 229
 Powassan virus 22 33 21
 Total 48,610 59,349  47,743

For more detailed data about each disease, including state totals, see the Notifiable Infectious Diseases and Conditions Annual Data Tables.

For more information about increasing numbers of infections from mosquito, tick, and flea bites, see the May 2018 issue of Vital Signs.

Total Reported Cases of Tickborne Disease, 2004–2018

Graph showing total tickborne disease cases in the U.S. and territories from 2004 to 2018.

 

Reported cases of confirmed and probable tickborne diseases from 2004 to 2017
Year 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Total Tickborne Disease Cases 22,527 26,800 23,770 31,808 39,993 42,649 34,890 40,795 40,119 46,231 43,654 49,825 48,610 59,349 47,743

Abbreviations: N = not notifiable

*  Unless stated otherwise, all cases reported from continental U.S., Hawaii, and Alaska

† Anaplasmosis and ehrlichiosis were reported separately after 2008 but are combined here for the entire period.

§Includes R. rickettsii, R. parkeri, R. species 364D

§§ Babesiosis surveillance data are reported independently to different CDC programs. For this reason, surveillance data reported elsewhere might vary slightly from data reported in this summary