Risks for Lyme: Count the Mice (NPR)

Nag of mice in the Northeast authoritative summer betokens severe Lyme close by in 2017

A plague of mice hit New York’s Hudson River Valley in the summer of 2016, which may signal a peculiarly unpredictable 2017 for Lyme sickness in the Northeast, corrugate to a story on NPR.

Mice are a favorite take meals source for ticks, and an own mouse can drink up to 100 ticks on its appearance and ears. One-time examine by Rick Ostfeld of the Cary Pattern of Ecosystem Dens in Millbrook, N.Y., has involved that mouse density in a preordained year can suggest the incidence of Lyme murrain the bring up the rear year. Fluctuates in stamping-ground and air have put together sylvan endemic localities into indispensable Lyme fire ups, packed with mice but with settling slews of predators such as owls and hawks.

There may be 300,000 casings of Lyme sickness each year in the U.S., according to the CDC.