Arkansas hasn't seen a case of lyme disease for 10 years... until now. In face, there are now two confirmed cases in Arkansas after a decade with no reports to the CDC.
In a press release, ADH stated that Arkansas is considered a low-incidence state for Lyme cases by the CDC. Arkansas is among the group of 31 states where the incidence of Lyme disease has been less than 1 in 100,000 persons from 2005-2014 and among 15 states where the incidence has been under one case per million persons in the same timeframe.
Arkansas reports a high number of cases of other tickborne diseases, including tularemia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Ehrlichia, all of which can be fatal. These diseases are more prevalent in Arkansas than in most other states.