Right now is the time New Jersey residents should be particularly watchful regarding Lyme disease, since the month with the highest rate of confirmed cases is typically July. In 2014, New Jersey had an incidence rate of 29 per 100,000 individuals. Previously, the state has seen rates of up to 53 per 100,000.
Only 14 states contribute to 96 percent of confirmed cases of Lyme disease in the country. New Jersey is one of them, along with the rest of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, plus Wisconsin and Minnesota.