Health: The Season of the Tick

Lyme disease is nothing to fool with, but it's easily prevented. Here's how

Summer is prime time for Lyme disease, and this summer could be a bad one. The number of cases doubled from 2001 to 2002, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mostly as a result of continued human infiltration of Mother Nature's turf. Carried by a parasitic tick on mice, deer and household pets, the disease has spread to 43 of the 48 contiguous states--although 12 states in the Northeast and northern Midwest still account for 95% of reported cases. (Reported cases, however, may represent only a tenth of the total number of cases,...

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