Many parts of the United States expect to see an increase in ticks this summer, so renewed calls have gone out for people to be on the lookout for the distinctive, and less distinctive, symptoms of Lyme disease.
An increase in the number of mice in the Northeast this year signals a likely increase in ticks carrying Lyme disease, according to predictions earlier this year.
Read more: Lyme disease is more common and dangerous than you think » That spread, combined with milder winters, are also allowing the spread of ticks like the lone star tick, which can spread ehrlichiosis, and has expanded its range northward in recent decades.
They are poppy seed-sized dots that are more likely to be lower on a person’s body where they may be harder to spot, or affixed in rarely checked places.
He’d like to see wider use of newer testing methods, such as a “C6 peptide test” that is more sensitive to the presence of Lyme disease, and can detect strains of the Lyme-spreading bacteria from Europe, as well as from the United States.