As with most medical conditions, media stories related to Lyme disease generally take one or two of three directions:
- General overview and prevention
- Human interest (frequently involving a celebrity story)
- Occasionally (most often local media in areas affected severely by Lyme disease) stories relating to Lyme disease politics and controversies
But Lyme disease is not a typical medical condition. A number of characteristics make coverage complex, but also offer opportunities for provocative, responsible journalistic investigation.
- According to the CDC, Lyme (Borrelia burgdorferi) affects over 329,000 new Americans each year.
- Certain regions of the country, particularly the Northeast and the Great Lakes regions, have high prevalence of Lyme disease transmission. However, Lyme has been documented in the majority of the country and is a growing, emerging threat.
- “Lyme disease” is entirely unique among diseases in that the common term refers to a number of different possible infections transmitted…