Stopping The Spread Of Lyme Disease

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A tick (Andy Langager/Flickr)
A tick (Andy Langager/Flickr)

There was a time when Lyme disease was mainly a concern if you were going hiking in the woods or taking a trip to the Cape.

No more. As the Boston Globe reported this week, the tick-borne illness is surging across Massachusetts. Last year, there were more than 4,000 diagnosed cases, compared to 1,200 in 2000.

And the disease appears to be making inroads into the state's most populated areas, into the suburbs surrounding the Boston area.

So what's going on?

Experts say a big part of the reason is — sorry, Bambi — deer. They're the main hosts for the tick that carries the bacteria that causes Lyme disease — and they're flourishing in the wooded areas that surround Boston's suburbs.

Have you or families members contracted Lyme disease? Are you concerned every time you venture into the nearby park? Should you be? Are you seeing deer in your backyard? Is that alarming to you?


  • Dr. Sam Telford, epidemiologist at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
  • Dr. Al DeMaria, state epidemiologist
  • Dr. Rob Deblinger, deputy director of field operations at MassWildlife

This program aired on August 24, 2010.


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