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

TIME reports that a CDC report 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,” and that 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.

The Washington Post reported that, according to the CDC, “Lyme disease has substantially expanded over the past few decades, with 17 states in the Northeast and upper Midwest now considered at high risk.”

In a report, the agency revealed that “the disease is widely unreported and inconsistently diagnosed, so the real infection rate could be as much as 10 times what we think it is.”

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