Maine confirmed a record number of Lyme disease cases last year, with more than 1,300 residents diagnosed with the illness. The ticks that carry Lyme also target wildlife, forcing the state to slash the number of moose-hunting permits by a quarter in response to crippling losses last winter.
Add mosquitoes to the mix — carriers of West Nile virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis — and Maine’s outdoors have become decidedly less welcoming, according to a new national report that places the blame squarely on climate change. With shorter winters and hotter summers, harmful pests are growing in both number and geographic range, the report finds.
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The Klenowski family doesn’t like to spend much time thinking about their chances of developing Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Instead, the possibility has given the family of four a cause and spurred them to live fully every day.
Mark Eves, a Democrat running for re-election in his North Berwick House district, said his “KeepME Home” initiative would include a package of bills to create energy-efficient apartments for seniors across the state, increase property tax relief for older adults and increase the Medicaid reimbursement rate for in-home care workers.
From our bloggers
Jim LaPierre, Recovery Rocks
Whatever we fail to express, we repress and get to carry around. That’s what baggage is.
Jackie Conn, Sooner or Lighter
I was sitting on a dock with 3 of my friends. We had all just climbed out of the water. When we stood up to jump back in the water again, one friend pointed to the four butt prints made by our wet bathing suits. She laughed. I was appalled.
Compiled by BDN Health Editor Jackie Farwell