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Maine saw a record 2,079 Lyme disease cases in the state last year. The Maine Center for Disease Control (CDC) says that number could continue to climb as more reports come in.

A U.S. Senate committee is advancing a proposal from Sen. Susan Collins to improve research about Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections.

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U.S. Sen. Susan Collins has introduced legislation that would authorize $100 million for the prevention and treatment of tick-borne illnesses.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Public health officials in Maine say now is the time for residents to start taking precautions to avoid Lyme disease in the state.

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Cases of tick-borne disease in Maine declined in 2018. A little more than 1300 cases of Lyme disease were reported to the Maine Center for Disease Control, as compared to more than 1800 last year.

Hot, Dry Summer Bringing Fewer Cases Of Lyme Disease

Sep 10, 2018
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New England's hot summer might be helping keep the ticks that carry Lyme disease at bay.

What is the forecast for ticks and Lyme disease this year? Has the extended cold pushed their arrival later—or are they out there already? Are there other vector-borne diseases that are of particular concern?

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The tick-borne disease anaplasmosis on the rise in Maine.

According to the Maine Center for Disease Control, the number of cases of the disease has grown from a little more than a dozen about a decade ago to 500 so far this year. Public health officials say the increase mirrors the movement of Lyme disease into Maine years ago.

As state epidemiologist Dr. Siiri Bennett runs through the reported cases of anaplasmosis year by year, the numbers at first hold steady in the teens.

“In 2008 there were 17. 2009, 15,” she says.

But then, they start to grow.

Ticks & Lyme Disease

Jun 8, 2017

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Diseases carried by ticks are of increasing concern, with the Powassan virus surfacing as a new threat. Ticks are already prevalent this season. What should people watch for, and can they protect themselves from vector-borne diseases? 

Guests:Chuck Lubelczyk, vector ecologist, Maine Medical Center Research Institute

Robert Smith, internist with Intermed and infectious disease specialist with Maine Medical Center's Lyme and Vector-Borne Disease Lab

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After a seeming respite from Lyme disease earlier this year, the number of cases in Maine has surged.

There have been more than 1,300 cases of Lyme disease reported in the state so far, compared with 1,200 this time last year. Dr. Siiri Bennett, an epidemiologist at the Maine Centers for Disease Control, says outbreaks of the sometimes debilitating disease in Maine follow closely the geography of deer tick prevalence.

She says people need to be alert to tick bites even in the cold months.

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) _ The Central Massachusetts Lyme Foundation is holding its second-annual conference this weekend.

PORTLAND, Maine - Public health officials say the summer's dry weather contributed to what appears to be a moderate year for Lyme disease in northern New England, but they warn ticks are still lurking.

Lyme disease cases in Maine reached a record of nearly 1,400 last year. Maine Medical Center Research Institute field biologist Charles Lubelzyk says the number of cases will likely be fewer this year.

He says ticks are less active in dry weather, so they were less active this summer than last. However, fall is when the adult deer tick population peaks.

PORTLAND, Maine - October is the peak season for adult deer ticks in Maine, and Lyme disease researchers at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute say, on average, at least half of the ticks may be infected with the Lyme bacterium and other disease pathogens.

Institute officials says this time of year dog ticks are in hibernation, so any tick found in southern Maine will almost certainly be a deer tick. But vector ecologist Chuck Lubelczyk says they may look different than what people are expecting.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine House has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would allow doctors to prescribe the long-term use of antibiotics to treat Lyme disease without fear of disciplinary action by the medical licensing board.

How bad will the ticks be this season and what can you do to prevent being bitten?

Guests:  Chuck Lubelczyk, Field Biologist, Maine Medical Center Research Institute

Dr. Robert Smith, Principal Investigator, Maine Medical Center Research Institute

Jim Dill, Pest Management Specialist, UMaine