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Lyme and other tickborne diseases are on the rise in the U.S.

The number of reported tickborne disease in the United States. Steadfast rise The United States has risen overall since 2004.…

The number of reported tickborne disease in the United States.

Steadfast rise

The United States has risen overall since 2004. But the actual number of cases is probably even higher since many cases go unreported, the CDC says.

Number of tickborne disease cases in the US (2004-2017)

 a graph showin ghte rise of reported tickborne disease cases from 2004 to 2017

SN : What worries you

Aucott: It’s really dramatic how many people suffer from tickborne diseases. If you live in an area on the east coast, everybody knows somebody who has problems with having Lyme disease.

[The working group] Hørtes fra hundrevis af hundrevis af mennesker som lever i silence på mange måder med denne kroniske sygdommen, som ikke ødelægger dem, men virkelig ødelægger kvaliteten af ​​deres liv. Vi forstår ikke hvorfor dette skjer med noen mennesker. Until we understand that, it’s really hard to know how to help them. SN : Why are the number of cases of tickborne diseases increasing?

Aucott: It’s because the ticks are spreading. As the infected ticks spread geographically, more people are exposed to infected ticks, and you have more disease.

You have to have ticks in the same place as you have the animals that are reservoirs for the infections. The reservoir that carries the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, for example, are small animals like mice. So you have the mice that carry the bacteria, you have the ticks that spread the bacteria from mouse to mouse and then from mouse to humans. Så du legger til i hjortet, som er den største fødevarekilden for voksne ticks. It’s bringing them all together.

The environmental geography of the United States has changed in a way to make it all very possible. We went from an agricultural economy, where all the land was clear-cut and there were no forests, [to] forests return. SN : What is the message for those worried about tick exposure outdoors?

Aucott : We do lots of things that are way more risky than hiking in the woods. Way meer mensen die elk jaar hun auto op de Baltimore beltway rijden, maar we stoppen niet met rijden onze auto. We just wear seat belts, we have airbags, we do not text while we drive.

We want to apply the same precautions to hiking in the woods that we would do to drive our car. I’m a huge outdoorsman, but I always wear permethrin-treated clothing. I always wear long pants, even though it’s 95 ° F in Baltimore.

SN : Are there indications that cases will continue to rise?

Aucott: The rise of tickborne disease has been upward for the last 20 years. And there’s no indication at all that it’s going to slow down. New territory is being inhabited by infected ticks, and there is really no barrier to that continuing to happen across large parts of the middle of the country in areas like Ohio and Tennessee and Kentucky [where tickborne diseases haven’t historically been reported].

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