Friday, December 03, 2010

Lyme Disease

The short version: more acorns in 2010 means more mice in 2011 means more Lyme disease in 2012. Looks convincing, but it's not a field I know much about. Seems researchers reporting in the Poughkeepsie Journal are convinced.


karrde said...

I've been told to watch for Lyme-disease bearing ticks in deer country.

Ticks love whitetail deer.

I suppose mice carry both the ticks and the Lyme disease agent also...and there are many more mice out there, even if they don't wander as far as deer (or coyotes, wolves, 'coons, badgers, etc.).

A quick Google search turns up this and this.

Wow...the Lyme disease is tracked by home county of sufferer, not place of infection...but it really loves the MD-NJ-NY-MA corridor, and the state of WI.

I've seen lots of warnings about Lyme disease avoidance in Michigan, but perhaps that's the cause of Michigan's sparse representation on the map.

Assistant Village Idiot said...

My recollection is that the variation causing illness originated in Old Lyms, CT.