Climate change predicted to cause increase in Lyme disease

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KRISTEN DALLI / CONSUMER AFFAIRS – In recent years, cases of Lyme disease have been on the rise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 96 percent of all cases come from just 14 states, primarily in the Northeast and Midwest.

Because Lyme disease is transmitted through infected ticks, environmental factors — particularly changes in temperature — that allow these insects to thrive are found to be the main reason why the infection is affecting more consumers.

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science recently conducted a study that explores the connection between rising temperatures and rising numbers of Lyme disease …

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