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Lyme disease surveillance summary volume 2, no. 2, March 29, 1991
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    NATIONAL LYME DISEASE REPORTING VIA NETSS

    Lyme disease became a nationally notifiable disease beginning January 1, 1991. Through the 11th week of this year, a total of 564 cases of Lyme disease (Figure 1) have been reported by 22 states to CDC via the National Electronic Telecommunications Surveillance System (NETSS). Most of these 22 states are reporting "core" data only (i.e., basic demographic data and a disease code) on each Lyme disease case. In addition, a few states (e.g., Georgia, New York, Missouri) have had software installed which allows them to enter "extended" data via NETSS. "Extended" data are disease-specific, which for Lyme disease can be either the data contained on CDC’s Lyme Disease Case Report Form or similar forms customized for individual states. "Extended" Lyme disease data supplied to CDC via NETSS will obviate the need to submit written report forms or case reports on diskette. In addition, states eventually will be able to electronically access this national database for their own purposes.

    The Division of Surveillance and Epidemiologic Studies, Epidemiology Program Office (EPO), CDC, is helping states establish the capability to enter "extended" disease-specific data. Site visits by EPO personnel to some states are already scheduled for this purpose. The completion of this project may take as long as 2 years, although many states will have the appropriate software installed within the next several months.

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