Lyme disease cases rising in Maine

Posted April 04, 2010, at 10:42 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Health officials say they’re seeing a rise in the number of Lyme disease cases in Maine.

Dr. Dora Anne Mills of the Maine Center of Disease Control says 50 cases were reported in the state in January and February. That’s up from a five-year average of 15 for those two months.

Officials told the Portland Press Herald that the warm temperatures in recent months are likely to blame, setting the stage for a possible increase in ticks for the coming summer.

Maine Medical Center biologist Chuck Lubelczyk said ticks normally come out in the middle of April, when the snow is gone and the ground thaws. But with the warm winter, ticks have been active most of the past several months.

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