Lyme disease is one of the most widely misdiagnosed illnesses in the country, and people are being warned that cases of the disease may reach record numbers this year. Here’s why, according to reports.
Two years ago, there were more acorns than usual in the northeast portion of the United States. This led to an increase in the population of white-footed mice. That, in turn, led to an increase in the population of ticks who feed on the mice, picking up the bacteria that cause Lyme disease as they fed.
Scientists say that Lyme disease season has begun, and the risk is high. What is important to understand is that a tick must first attach itself to a human and then remain attached for a minimum of 36 hours before the disease can be transmitted. Lyme disease is not transmitted as soon as a tick bites.