A mild winter this year across the northeast has raised the danger for seniors when it comes to Lyme disease. Entomologists are predicting a record crop of Lyme Disease spreading ticks this year as this deadly pest increases its reach across the country.
First diagnosed as a separate disease in 1975 in Old Lyme, Connecticut, the New England Journal of Medicine estimates that every year over 300,000 people in the Northern Hemisphere are infected in the spring and early summer.
As tiny as these parasites are, they carry huge consequences for humans that are bitten by them. They can infect people with maladies like tularemia (which can cause high fevers, body ulcers and ever pneumonia), Heartland virus (which causes symptoms such as fatigue, diarrhea and muscle pain) and of course Lyme Disease.