Table 1

Cases of Lyme disease by gender, age group, season of diagnosis and region

Number (%) of Lyme disease cases in years 2001–2012
Total4083
Diagnostic category of Lyme disease
  Clinically diagnosed1702 (41.7)
  Treated suspected1913 (46.9)
  Treated possible468 (11.5)
Gender
  Male1909 (46.8)
  Female2174 (53.2)
Age group in years
 <10249 (6.1)
  10–19310 (7.6)
  20–29343 (8.4)
  30–39560 (13.7)
  40–49835 (20.5)
  50–59737 (18.1)
  60–69699 (17.1)
  70–79271 (6.6)
 ≥8079 (2.0)
Season of diagnosis
  Spring (March–May)576 (14.1)
  Summer (June–August)2045 (50.1)
  Autumn (September–November)1176 (28.8)
  Winter (DecemberFebruary)286 (7.0)
Region
  Scotland1104 (27.0)
  South Central735 (18.0)
  South West636 (15.6)
  East281 (6.9)
  South East Coast279 (6.8)
  London267 (6.5)
  North West242 (5.9)
  West Midlands182 (4.5)
  Wales134 (3.3)
  Yorkshire and The Humber78 (1.9)
  East Midlands58 (1.4)
  North East51 (1.2)
  Northern Ireland36 (0.9)
GP prescription for an antibiotic on day of start of Lyme disease episode
  Any antibiotic3470 (85.0)
  Doxycycline2380 (68.6)
  Amoxicillin648 (18.7)
  Cefuroxime95 (2.7)
  Azithromycin10 (0.3)
  Unspecific antibiotic323 (9.3)
  Multiple antibiotics14 (0.4)
  No antibiotic on the day of diagnosis613 (15.0)
  • GP, general practitioner.