Midnight In The Desert — disease

Ticks Carry Lyme Disease in Almost Half of U.S. Counties

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Ticks Carry Lyme Disease in Almost Half of U.S. Counties

Ticks that can spread Lyme disease now live in almost half of U.S. counties, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Varieties of the blacklegged tick that may carry Borrelia burgdorferi responsible for Lyme disease are present in 45% of counties nationwide, compared with just 30% in 1998, researchers found. "It's important for people to be aware that there may be ticks in areas where they haven't seen them previously so that they can take steps to help protect themselves and their families," lead study author Rebecca Eisen, a research biologist at the CDC,...

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Climate change spurs disease fears

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Climate change spurs disease fears

Winter was oddly mild in northern Texas in 2012, a year that saw few snowflakes and barely any ice. When the cold failed to show up, the spring mosquitoes arrived in droves, carrying disease. The insects multiplied during an unusually muggy May, when temperatures hit the 90s and then stayed there. On June 20, Dallas recorded the season’s first case of West Nile virus. By late August, there were nearly 400. Nineteen people would die in the greater Dallas area in the worst West Nile outbreak in US history. The 2012 epidemic alarmed health officials and triggered multiple inquiries into...

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