This Might Be a Bad Summer for Lyme Disease
Big crop of acorns, mice signal potential trouble
By Dustin Lushing, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 14, 2012 4:04 PM CDT
A white-footed mouse.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A surge in cases of Lyme disease could be hiding in the forest. Scientists say the northeastern US might be staring at "the worst year yet" for the bacterial illness, reports Wired. The reason starts with acorns: In 2010, there was a huge crop of them, which led to a population boom of white-footed mice in 2011. The mice are essential hosts of the ticks that carry Lyme disease and infect humans. “We’re already working with health departments," says one researcher.

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save-the-whales
Mar 14, 2012 8:54 PM CDT
you better get some Guinea Fowl they control the ticks that carry Lyme disease , it is a true fact look it up on the net
WarmWeatherGuy
Mar 14, 2012 7:54 PM CDT
I think the headline should say it will be a good summer for Lyme Disease. It is bad for people though.
Moon
Mar 14, 2012 7:49 PM CDT
Isn't this the "end-of-the-world" summer? And you are worried about ticks???