January 25, 2005


Patterns: The Exit Polls for Lyme Disease (JOHN O'NEIL, 1/25/05, NY Times)

A map showing results from the last presidential election is "remarkably similar" to a map of the distribution of cases of Lyme disease, a brief article in the current Lancet medical journal points out.

The 19 "blue states" - those won by Senator John Kerry - account for 95 percent of the cases of Lyme disease reported in 2002, they wrote. The disease, caused by bacteria that are carried by deer ticks, is concentrated in the Northeast and Midwest.

An accompanying letter, from Dr. Robert B. Nadelman and Dr. Gary P. Wormser, epidemiologists at the New York Medical College at Valhalla, also pointed out that many of the cases reported in "red states" were probably something else. [...]

Dr. Nadelman concluded, "We do not believe, however, that tick-borne diseases are likely to be a major factor in the 2008 presidential election."

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 25, 2005 5:28 PM

I want to see an overlay of this map at Carole Simpson's map showing the Confederacy matched up with the Red State vote in 2004. I think we can then conclusively say that there's a positive corrolation between the presence of deer ticks and the abolitionist movement in the United States.

Posted by: John at January 25, 2005 5:39 PM

Anything about similarities between Kerry voters and the map for distribution of syphilis and gonorrhea?

Posted by: george at January 25, 2005 6:24 PM

Wimpy Men->Underhunting-> Excess deer->Lyme Disease

Wimpy Men->Kerry votes.

Posted by: Ripper at January 25, 2005 9:27 PM

George: I believe that point was already made in the posting's headline. Definitely a high "ewww" factor there.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 25, 2005 10:50 PM

So did they use the red-blue STATE map, but not the red-blue COUNTY map(aka "the urban ISLANDS" in a vast nationwide sea)? How extraordinarily convenient.

Let's see the red-blue county map, correlated against the following:

crime rate
drug busts
various diseases
education data
illegal immigrants
presence of reformulated gasoline
city wage tax rates

Posted by: LarryH at January 26, 2005 8:31 AM

The 2004 red state/blue state divide is also startlingly similar to a map of slave states/free states ca. 1850 (see http://sensoryoverload.typepad.com/sensory_overload/2004/11/free_states_vs_.html, among other sites). How's that for "ewwww" factor?

Posted by: M. Bulger at January 26, 2005 4:51 PM

It would be more of an ew had the NE not been Republican when it was Blue v. Gray. The Party stayed moralist, NE didn't.

Posted by: oj at January 26, 2005 6:02 PM