A review of death certificates listing Lyme disease as a cause of death in the United States

Clin Infect Dis. 2011 Feb 1;52(3):364-7. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciq157. Epub 2010 Dec 28.


Lyme disease was listed as an underlying or multiple cause of death on 114 death records during 1999-2003. Upon review, only 1 record was consistent with clinical manifestations of Lyme disease. This analysis indicates that Lyme disease is rare as a cause of death in the United States.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Animals
  • Cause of Death*
  • Death Certificates*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lyme Disease / epidemiology*
  • Lyme Disease / mortality*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • United States / epidemiology