Climate change may spread Lyme disease

Climate change may spread Lyme disease

Balmy seasons have already expanded the territory of the ticks that carry the bacteria

By Beth Mole, 16:51 PM March 19, 2014

Global warming may be a boon for the ticks that transmit Lyme disease.

In the last few decades, the deer tick Ixodes scapularis has fanned out across the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada, with the bacteria that cause Lyme disease in tow. The first cluster of disease was recognized in Connecticut in the mid-1970s; health experts estimate that there are now around 300,000 cases of Lyme disease annually in the United States.

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