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Study: High-risk areas for Lyme disease are growing

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Most area in the Northeast and upper Midwest are considered high risk for  Lyme disease. Most area in the Northeast and upper Midwest are considered high risk for Lyme disease.
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The threat of Lyme Disease in high risk states, like Connecticut, is only growing, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Since January, scientists at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven have tested 1,700 ticks for Lyme Disease.

“We have had greatest number of Lyme Disease than any other diseases that might be transmitted by other groups of insects,” said Research Scientist Dr. Goudarz Molaei.

Experts said the risk is real and has existed in Connecticut since the 1970s.

They said each year there are, on average, about 300,000 cases of Lyme Disease in the United States, mostly concentrated in the northeast.

In Connecticut there are 3,000, but researchers believe the number is exponentially higher.

"I suspect that you can multiply rather easily this by a factor of ten and determine how many people are infected,” Molaei said.

The disease is transmitted through ticks that are found on deer.

While it isn’t clear why high risk areas are growing, experts said it is tied to the deer population.

"This year our results of tick testing in the tick-testing program indicates that we have had 7 percent increase in overall infection rate,” Molaei said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are 17 states that are high risk.

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