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As Earth Warms, Lyme Disease Could Flourish
Date:4/23/2009

r Midwest could more closely resemble the Northeast: longer gaps between nymphal and larval feeding and stronger, more persistent strains of Lyme disease.

Other diseases, such as malaria, have been projected to expand the geographic region in which they occur in response to climate change, said Maria Diuk-Wasser, assistant professor of epidemiology at Yale and senior author of the study.

But she said this was the first study to show how the severity of disease can also be related to climate.

One of the first symptoms of Lyme disease is often a rash at the site of the bite. Though treatable with antibiotics, the disease can cause fatigue, chills, fever, headache, muscle and joint aches and swollen lymph nodes.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on Lyme disease.



-- Jennifer Thomas



SOURCE: Yale University, news release, April 21, 2009


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