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Lyme disease

Aug 19, 2013 — Fewer than 30,000 cases of the tick-borne illness are reported each year. But the CDC says surveys of labs that test for the disease, six years of insurance claims and other surveillance methods suggest that the number of infections is actually 10 times higher.
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Dec 29, 2012 — Researchers argue that ecology has a pretty big say in whether disease rates increase or die down. They used a new field that blends economics and ecology called "macroecology" to figure out how biodiversity loss affected disease burden.
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Nov 27, 2012 — The rare condition is starting to be seen outside of the Lone Star tick's known territory in the southeastern U.S. Scientists say this could be due to an expansion of tick territory or simply that people are being diagnosed after they leave the area.
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Nov 27, 2012 — A Rhode Island researcher is a master at collecting deer ticks where other people overlook them. He caught 15,000 of them last year, and his success is a sign of a growing problem. Tick-borne diseases are on the rise.
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Nov 14, 2012 — Some doctors thought Lyme disease was a chronic condition that relapsed. Now, there's evidence that recurring cases of Lyme disease may actually be caused by multiple, discrete tick bites and infections.
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Feb 1, 2012 — Researchers counted more than 5,000 ticks to calculate the risk of Lyme disease in the Eastern U.S. Turns out the risk is high in the Northeast and nearly zero in the South.
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Jul 11, 2011 — July is usually the peak month for Lyme disease. Cases this year are down a lot, with about 6,700 reported through the beginning of July. By comparison, last year there were nearly 14,000 cases over the same period.
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