Lyme Disease: An Update for the Frontline Healthcare Provider

This activity offers CE credit for:
1. Physicians (CME)
2. Nurses (CNE)

Credit Expiration Date: December 30, 2018


Christina Nelson, MD, MPH
Medical Officer
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Division of Vector-Borne Diseases
Bacterial Diseases Branch
Fort Collins, Colorado

Statement of Need

According to the CDC in 2017, Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the United States.1 Lyme disease is caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to human hosts by certain types of infected ticks.2

Per CDC data, the number of confirmed and probable Lyme disease cases in the U.S. more than doubled from 2001 to 2015.3 In the U.S. in 2015, the Northeast states from Virginia to Maine, as well as Minnesota and Wisconsin, accounted for 95% of confirmed Lyme disease cases.3

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tickborne diseases of the United States: A Reference Manual for Health Care Providers. 4th edition, 2017. Accessed May 31, 2017.
  2. Shapiro, ED. Lyme disease. N Engl J Med. 2014;370:1724-31.
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lyme Disease: Data and Statistics. Published December 19, 2016. Accessed May 31, 2017.

Activity Goal

This program will inform healthcare providers about the epidemiology of Lyme disease and which patient populations are at risk, and will provide updated information on Lyme disease prevention methods and available diagnostic tests for Lyme disease.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this CME activity, participants should be able to:
  1. Discuss populations at risk of contracting Lyme disease in the United States
  2. Describe the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease
  3. Review the appropriate use of diagnostic tests
  4. Advise patients on personal protective measures against tick bites

Target Audience

The target audiences for this activity are physicians, physician assistants, and nurses who specialize in family medicine, general/internal medicine, pediatric medicine, or public health.

Financial Support

This program is supported by an educational grant from Oxford Immunotec, Inc.

Credit Information

Accreditation Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of CME Outfitters, LLC and Jespersen & Associates, LLC. CME Outfitters, LLC is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME Outfitters, LLC designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CNE Credit (Nurses): Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15510, for 1 contact hour.

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Christina Nelson, MD, MPH: no relationship to disclose

Jeffrey Helfand, DO (peer reviewer): no relationships to disclose

Caitlin Harrington (planning committee): no relationships to disclose

Unlabeled Use Disclosure

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