2019 Hudson Data Jam Competition

Making data "sing" through creative expression

Now in its sixth year, the Hudson Data Jam Competition challenges students to creatively tell the science stories of the Hudson River watershed.

***Level 3: Lyme Disease Prevalence in the Northeast



***Level 3: Lyme Disease Prevalence in the Northeast

Prepared by Jonathan Howe (Indian Mountain School) & Jessica Donnelly (Queensbury HS)

This dataset is in our set of highlighted projects, which means we've developed an expanded metadata file with more background information, resources, and sample inquiry questions. 

Adult female black-legged tick on a hand. Photo credit: Kelly Oggenfuss.

Since the early 1980s, Lyme disease has been a growing scourge for residents of the Northeastern United States. The Center for Disease Control now estimates that as many as 300,000 Americans are diagnosed annually with Lyme disease, which causes fever, exhaustion, joint pain/stiffness, headaches, forgetfulness, facial paralysis and more (CDC 2015).The black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis) is the primary vector of the bacterium that causes Lyme disease, which is called Borrelia burgdorferi. 

In this dataset, students can explore how the prevalence of Lyme disease has changed over time in the Northeast.

Click here for Lyme disease prevalence in the Northeast United States data (excel)

Click here for background information and more resources

Data Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/index.html)

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