Number of US counties with high incidence of Lyme disease has more than tripled

TIME reports that a CDC study finds that, “over time, the number of counties identified as having high incidence of Lyme disease in the northeastern states increased more than 320 percent.” In addition the disease is popping up in states where it has not previously been seen.

The report cites climate change as a major factor, noting that warmer temperatures and deforestation have given the ticks that carry the disease a wider habitat and more chances to prey on humans.

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