Navigation Links
Northeast U.S. Should Brace for Spike in Lyme Disease: Expert
Date:3/20/2012

TUESDAY, March 20 (HealthDay News) -- The northeastern United States may see a significant increase in cases of Lyme disease this spring, an expert warns.

The reason is that oak trees produced relatively few acorns this year, part of a normal cycle of boom and bust years for the acorn crop. But the small crop means trouble for the white-footed mouse, which feeds on the acorns.

"We had a boom in acorns, followed by a boom in mice. And now, on the heels of one of the smallest acorn crops we've ever seen, the mouse population is crashing," Richard Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y., said in an institute news release.

What does that have to do with Lyme disease?

Mice are the preferred host for black-legged ticks, which transmit Lyme disease. Black-legged ticks need a bloodmeal at three different stages -- as larvae, as nymphs and as adults. As of the spring, the larval ticks that fed on 2011's large mouse population will be looking for their nymphal meal.

"This spring, there will be a lot of Borrelia burgdorferi-infected black-legged ticks in our forests looking for a blood meal. And instead of finding a white-footed mouse, they are going to find other mammals -- like us," Ostfeld added.

Borrelia burgdorferi is the bacterium that causes Lyme disease.

Ostfeld and colleagues predict the surge will begin in May and last until July. The researchers observed a similar boom-bust cycle of acorn crops and mouse populations in 2006 and 2007. In the wake of this cycle, nymphal black-legged ticks reached a 20-year high.

The bacteria that ticks transmit doesn't affect mice. But in humans, it can cause Lyme disease, which can cause chronic fatigue, joint pain and neurological problems if it goes untreated.

More information

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

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, news release, March 16, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Jacquelyn Clark Founder of N2Y, Inc. Wins Regional 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award for Northeast Ohio
2. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Northeast Health Systems Physician Hospital Organization Sign Alternative Quality Contract
3. Traffic Logix Solutions Protect Doctors and Patients at Northeastern Hospitals
4. Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
5. B2B Appointment Setting/Lead Generation Innovator Intelemark Opens New Office in Northeast
6. Tom Brunelle Joins StatCom as Enterprise VP, Northeast Region
7. Social workers should reclaim role in juvenile corrections system, MU researcher says
8. Treatment for hip conditions should not rest solely on MRI scans
9. Experts Offer Tips on Avoiding iPad-Linked Shoulder, Neck Strain
10. Neurologists Should Screen Patients for Abuse: Experts
11. Shoulder pain from using your ipad? Dont use it on your lap
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/18/2017)... Silver Spring, MD (PRWEB) , ... January 18, 2017 , ... ... and financial consultations to families and business owners in central Maryland and the DC ... community. , Heart disease kills 787,000 people nationally every year, making it the #1 ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... N.J. (PRWEB) , ... January 18, 2017 , ... ... delivery technologies and development solutions for drugs, biologics and consumer health products, today ... will be presenting at the upcoming WCBP Conference, to be held at the ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... Hills, CA (PRWEB) , ... January 18, 2017 ... ... of dental problems ranging from gum disease to enamel erosion, and those dental ... the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, many pregnant women are failing to get ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... ... January 17, 2017 , ... Gym Source, America’s leading retailer of ... at South Dixie Hwy in Miami, FL. , “We are elated to be opening ... innovative in-store concept is designed to give clients a seamless and motivating shopping experience.” ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) , ... January 17, 2017 ... ... new and improved supplement, Healthful-Flex. , The company, owned and operated by ... the public at a reasonable price with the highest level of customer service. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/18/2017)... After the recent election cycle, it is clear ... for medical and recreational purposes are shifting. The evidence shows ... of cannabis, but the focus is coming from both the ... North American legal cannabis market posted $6.7 billion in revenue ... projects sales will grow at a compound annual growth rate ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... , Jan. 17, 2017 Precision medicine ... for the treatment of disease. The approach allows ... to a therapy. The approach studies the individual ... lifestyle and environment. In January 2015, Precision Medicine ... to all diseases with more than one million ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... , Jan. 17, 2017 EU5 Glucose Monitoring ... new report, "EU5 Glucose Monitoring Market Outlook to 2022", ... market. The report provides value, in millions of US ... market segments - Blood Glucose Meters, Blood Glucose Test ... shares and distribution shares data for each of these ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: