Publication date: Oct 09, 2019
SYRACUSE, NY – Syracuse has the nation’s highest rate of multiple sclerosis, according to a new study.
An analysis of medical claims by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association found the multiple sclerosis diagnosis rate in Syracuse in 2017 was 45 per 10,000 commercially insured people.
Because the report’s findings are based on medical claims from insured patients, they may not reflect the actual incidence rate of MS in Syracuse, said Dr. Corey McGraw, an assistant professor of neurology at Upstate Medical University.
Because MS is not a reportable disease it’s unknown how many cases there are in the Syracuse area.
That study estimated the national prevalence of MS at 31 cases per 10,000 people.
Eileen Curran, a National MS Society spokeswoman, said the findings of the Blue Cross study and the society’s much larger study are comparable.