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CTV News: 14.5% of world population has or had Lyme disease: analysis

Campers stand at the edge of the water at sunset watching the stars come out, with the CanLyme logo floating in the foreground.

A recent analysis estimates more than one-tenth of the world’s population likely has or at some point had tick-borne Lyme disease.

Research published in the peer-reviewed journal BMJ Global Health found that more than 14 per cent of the global populace had antibodies to Lyme disease in their blood.

Certain regions in Europe and Asia reported the highest rates of Lyme disease, with men 50 and older living in rural areas most at risk, the researchers say.

The researchers add, however, that more studies are needed to improve the accuracy of the global estimates.

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