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Navigating Lyme disease this spring


Spring is finally here. But there's always something, and with warmer weather, one of those somethings is ticks.

Cases of Lyme disease have more than doubled in the last thirty years. Today, about 300,000-400,000 people get infected with the tick-borne illness each year – most of them here in the Northeast.

We speak with Dr. Sam Donta, a retired University of Connecticut Professor of Medicine and Infectious Disease and Boston Medical Center clinician specializing in Lyme disease research. He continues to advise committees on both the local and federal level on matters related to Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases.

We also talk with Tom Keane, a former Boston City Councilor and a freelance writer for local publications such as the Boston Globe and WBUR's Cognoscenti, who recently found out the hard way that some signs of Lyme disease can be easily missed.

This segment aired on April 5, 2022.

Tiziana Dearing Twitter Host, Radio Boston
Tiziana Dearing is the host of Radio Boston.


Frannie Monahan Twitter Podcast Producer
Frannie Monahan is a producer for WBUR’s daily news and culture podcast, "The Common."



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