Tiny Tick, Big Problem

Ticks on the Move

"There's no doubt that we're going to see an increase in Lyme disease every year," says Harvard epidemiologist Dr. John Brownstein. Why? Growing populations of deer play a role, but it's possible that birds are also distributing ticks over a wider territory. Building new homes in forested areas also puts residents at risk. Global warming could even be causing ticks to spread to different parts of the country because they're sensitive to temperature.

Top 10 Lyme Disease States

  1. Connecticut
  2. Rhode Island
  3. Delaware
  4. Pennsylvania
  5. New Jersey
  6. New York
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Wisconsin
  9. New Hampshire
  10. Maryland

Copyright © 2007. Reprinted with permission from the July 2007 issue of Parents magazine.

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