Research finds more Lyme-carrying ticks in Maine forest

Published: Mar. 22, 2022 at 12:05 PM EDT
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ARROWSIC, Maine (AP) - Researchers with a Maine university and hospital say new research shows ticks that can transmit Lyme disease have been increasing in abundance in a forest in the state’s mid-coast region over the last three decades.

Lyme disease is spread by infected deer ticks and can cause damage to joints, the heart and the nervous system if not treated.

Researchers from the University of Maine and Maine Medical Center Research Institute’s Lyme & Vector-Borne Disease Laboratory collected ticks from small mammals in Holt Research Forest in Arrowsic to track prevalence.

They released their findings Monday.

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