Should state health officials step up screening for Lyme disease?

Posted May 03, 2010, at 2:59 p.m.

The number of Maine cases of Lyme disease have increased from about 100 in 1990 to

900 in 2009. What can state health officials do to address this trend? Should physicians

routinely screen for the disease? Should there be a more vigorous public education

campaign about the ticks that carry the ailment? Should federal money be applied to

developing a vaccine or better screening techniques? For further debate: is global climate

change to blame for the tick expanding its range to Maine?