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Nantucket has already seen more cases of Lyme disease this year than were reported all of last year.
There have been 140 confirmed cases through the end of September, compared to 58 during the same time last year, a 143 percent increase.
There were 93 total cases in 2019.
There was also increased public use of the island’s open spaces, as people walked and biked when much of the downtown area was shut down and stay-at-home advisories were in effect. The trend continued in the summer with an abundance of sunny days, she said.
Deer are essential in the life cycle of the blacklegged tick (also known as the deer tick) that carries Lyme disease. Although the ticks feed on smaller mammals like rodents, in order to obtain the protein necessary for laying eggs, they must find a more substantial “blood meal,” and in the majority of cases, deer are the perfect host. Wherever you see deer on-island, there is a good chance ticks will be there as well.
article date: 2020 10 29
posted: 2020-10-29 22:05:25
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