Lyme disease on the rise in Knox/Lincoln counties, and all of Maine
In response to the growing concern in Maine about Lyme disease, last month Governor Paul LePage officially proclaimed May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month.
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#1 Jun 15, 2012
The rise in Lyme disease is associated with the rise of the deer population, and it's been shown that decreasing the deer population results in a decrease of Lyme disease. This is because the adult egg-laying tick requires a large blood meal for reproduction, and 90% feast on deer. Mice and other small mammals serve as hosts for the immature ticks which come from the eggs laid by the adult tick, each of which can lay 3000 eggs. This is why “Simply reducing deer numbers to natural levels, without any other actions of any kind taken, can eradicate Lyme Disease.”:
#2 Jun 15, 2012
In my view, there are two types of Chronic Lyme disease. Some patients were never treated to begin with and progress to a chronic state. (It's easy to miss treatment since most never notice the tick or the rash.) Then the CDC states that of those who were treated, 20% can have persistent symptoms. These seem to have been inadequately treated. Of the cases of chronic Lyme, some may have positive blood cultures and respond to antibiotics; others may have developed either tissue damage or an autoimmune reaction.
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