Customer Service

 Customer Survey

Customer Account Center

LABConnect™ - Online Results & More

DNA Testing Laboratory

Category Press Release
Publish Date 7/18/2019
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Lyme Disease Rates Soar in the United States According to Government Agency
Introduction EMSL Analytical provides test kits and highly sensitive analytical services to identify the bacterium that causes Lyme disease from infected ticks.

Cinnaminson, NJ,  July 18th , 2019

With the arrival of the summer vacation season, millions of families and individuals have plans to enjoy the great outdoors as they travel the nation. Many of these plans involve spending time outdoors in areas known to harbor ticks that carry the bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi, which can cause Lyme disease.

In recent years, Lyme disease cases have been increasing in the U.S. This past April, BMC Public Health, a peer-reviewed journal, published an article that predicts tick-borne Lyme disease cases could hit almost 2 million by next year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 2004 and 2016, tick-borne disease cases (82% of which are Lyme disease), have more than doubled.

Infected blacklegged ticks spread Lyme disease in the Northeastern, Mid-Atlantic and North Central parts of the United States through their bite. The western blacklegged tick spreads it in areas along the Pacific Coast. Symptoms may include a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans, fever, headache and fatigue. If left untreated, infection can spread to the joints, heart and nervous system.

“The summer months are a common time of year for people to get bit by infected ticks,” said Jason Dobranic, Ph.D., Vice President of Microbiology and Life Sciences at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “The CDC reports that most humans are infected through the bites of immature ticks called nymphs. Nymphs are tiny and difficult to see, feeding on their hosts during the spring and summer months. Adult ticks can also transmit the Lyme disease bacterium, but they are much larger and are more likely to be discovered and removed before they have time to cause an infection.”

People are encouraged by the CDC to seek medical attention if they observe Lyme disease symptoms and have had a tick bite. EMSL Analytical has also developed a Lyme Disease Tick Test Kit that actually tests the tick for Borrelia burgdorferi. The tick is collected and sent to EMSL’s laboratory where it is tested using an exceptionally accurate and powerful PCR-based DNA analysis. EMSL has even sponsored an educational video about ticks and Lyme disease that can be seen at: https://youtu.be/nzINREQurOg.

For more information about this or other environmental, health and safety testing services, please visit www.TickTestingLab.com or www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com. To obtain a Lyme Disease Tick Test Kit, visit: www.EMSLTestKits.com.


About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is one of the leading testing laboratories with over 46 locations throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella, USP <797>, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOC’s, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA LAP, LLC. (AIHA EMLAP, AIHA IHLAP, AIHA ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at www.EMSL.com for a complete listing of accreditations. In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.
Ann Arbor, MI (LAB 08) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-4Atlanta, GA (LAB 07) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-1Baton Rouge, LA (LAB 25) - NVLAP Lab Code 200375-0Beltsville, MD (LAB 19) - NVLAP Lab Code 200293-0Boston, MA (LAB 13) - NVLAP Lab Code 101147-0Buffalo, NY (LAB 14) - NVLAP Lab Code 200056-0Carle Place, NY (LAB 06) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-10Charlotte, NC (LAB 41) - NVLAP Lab Code 200841-0Chicago, IL (LAB 26) - NVLAP Lab Code 200399-0Cinnaminson, NJ (LAB List in Description) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-0Dallas, TX (LAB 11) - NVLAP Lab Code 600111-0Denver, CO (LAB 22) - NVLAP Lab Code 200828-0EMSL Canada - Calgary, AB (LAB 65) - NVLAP Lab Code 500100-0EMSL Canada - Markham, ON (LAB 66) - NVLAP Lab Code 600317-0EMSL Canada - Montreal, QC (LAB 68) - NVLAP Lab Code 201052-0EMSL Canada - Ottawa, ON (LAB 67) - NVLAP Lab Code 201040-0EMSL Canada - Toronto, ON (LAB 55) - NVLAP Lab Code 200877-0EMSL Canada - Vancouver, BC (LAB 69) - NVLAP Lab Code 201068-0Fort Lauderdale, FL (LAB 56) - NVLAP Lab Code 500085-0Houston, TX (LAB 15) - NVLAP Lab Code 102106-0Huntington Beach, CA (LAB 33) - NVLAP Lab Code 101384-0Indianapolis, IN (LAB 16) - NVLAP Lab Code 200188-0Kernersville, NC (LAB 02) - NVLAP Lab Code 102104-0Las Vegas, NV (LAB 31) - NVLAP Lab Code 600140-0Long Island City, NY (LAB 03) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-9Meriden, CT (LAB 24) - NVLAP Lab Code 200700-0Miami, FL (LAB 17) - NVLAP Lab Code 200204-0Minneapolis, MN (LAB 35) - NVLAP Lab Code 200019-0Ontario, California (San Bernadino County / Inland Empire) (LAB 71) - NVLAP Lab Code 600239-0Orlando, FL (LAB 34) - NVLAP Lab Code 101151-0Phoenix, AZ (LAB 12) - NVLAP Lab Code 200811-0Piscataway, NJ (LAB 05) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-2Plymouth Meeting, PA (LAB 18) - NVLAP Lab Code 200699-0Raleigh, NC (LAB 29) - NVLAP Lab Code 200671-0Rochester, NY (LAB 53) - NVLAP Lab Code 600183-0San Diego, CA (LAB 43) - NVLAP Lab Code 200855-0San Leandro, CA (LAB 09) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-3Santa Clara, CA (LAB 47) - NVLAP Lab Code 600318-0Seattle, WA (LAB 51) - NVLAP Lab Code 200613-0South Pasadena, CA (LAB 32) - NVLAP Lab Code 200232-0South Portland, ME (LAB 62) - NVLAP Lab Code 500094-0St. Louis, MO (LAB 39) - NVLAP Lab Code 200742-0Syracuse, NY (LAB 73) - NVLAP Lab Code 600283-0Tacoma, WA (LAB 74) - NVLAP Lab Code 600324-0Tampa, FL (LAB 93) - NVLAP Lab Code 600215-0
Sorry, this function is disabled.