Objectives: We evaluated changes in the testing menu, volume, and positivity rates for tick-borne illnesses in a New England medical center over an 11-year time frame. Methods: Testing data were obtained by a retrospective review utilizing searchable data from a laboratory information system archive. Results: Testing for tick-borne infections (TBI) increased 5.3-fold over an 11-year time period and the number of positive test results increased threefold. Annual rates for Lyme serology positivity varied from 14% to 29% and for western blot confirmation from 26% to 48%. Test volumes and the number of positive results increased for all TBI endemic to our region. Conclusions: Our results confirm national trends suggesting increasing rates of TBI and substantially increased testing. This may reflect a greater incidence of TBI in our region and/or increased awareness of these infections.
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- Lyme disease
- Tick-borne infection