According to a nationwide study, Syracuse has the highest rate of multiple sclerosis in the country. The study, from the BlueCross/BlueShield Association, looked at medical claims from more than 41 million people across the country. In New York State, 31 out of every 10,000 have MS. Nationally, 24 people per 10,000 have MS.
"But for Syracuse it’s 45 people per 10,000," said Richard Lockwood, chief medical officer for Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, who called it a dramatic difference.