According to a new study, Lyme disease has grown as a danger in the geographic areas. As per reports, US cases were concentrated in the Northeast and upper Midwest, however now more areas in those regions are considered high-risk.
According to the lead author, KierstenKugeler, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the risk of the disease is expanding in all directions.
As per the CDC, “Our results show that geographic expansion of high-risk areas is ongoing, emphasizing the need to identify broadly implementable and effective public health interventions to prevent human Lyme disease”.
As per reports, it is the most common disease in wooded suburban and far suburban counties. Kugeler said that it is still unclear that why such areas are expanding, however it may have a connection to development and many other changes as a result of which the deer and ticks carrying the bacteria have moved, making the disease more widespread.
On the whole, high-risk counties are distributed in 17 counties. The state of Connecticut has remained high-risk area for decades. In the beginning, it was in 1975 that the disease was identified in the area. At the present, high-risk zones include almost all of New Hampshire and Massachusetts and over half of Maine and Vermont.
Pennsylvania, Virginia and New York along the Eastern seaboard, in addition to Michigan, Iowa and Minnesota in the Midwest are among other states that have been attacked by the disease.