Lyme Disease: The Perfect Storm Is Headed Our Way

The Perfect Storm for Lyme Disease

A perfect storm happens when two conditions converge to amplify each other’s effects. Two conditions are creating what may become the perfect storm for transmission of Lyme disease this spring:

1. An unusually warm winter, which left deer ticks alive, hungry and looking for a meal.

2. A dramatic flip-flop in the acorn cycle: A large crop of acorns in the fall of 2010 and a very small crop in 2011 in the East. This means fewer mice for the ticks to feed upon, as I explain below.

These two conditions mean tons of deer ticks that are hungry and lacking their typical food supply. You could be their next meal.

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