Lyme disease was first recognized in 1982, but instances were extremely rare. Now, 490,000 Americans are infected by tick-borne illnesses annually.
The surge is likely due to a large increase in white-tailed deer populations, as the deer tick accounts for 97% of these diseases.
Possible solutions include vaccines for humans and the animals that spread ticks, or in manipulating a tick’s ability to feed off hosts.
(Learn more, here: Study Finds)