Lyme disease is an important, common illness in New England. A relatively new illness, it was discovered about forty years ago in the town of Lyme, Connecticut. Now, it has become the most common vector-transmitted illness in the United States, with over 30,000 cases annually. Lyme disease arises when a bacterium is transmitted to a human via deer tick bite, so those of us involved in outdoor sports are most likely to contract the disease. Inhabitants of New England and the northeastern U.S. are most vulnerable to the disease, as 95% of Lyme Disease cases occur in only 14 out of 50 states. The most common season for the sickness is from Spring to Fall. The disease is becoming increasingly common as the deer population expands. The disease is also becoming increasingly common in Canada and temperate regions of Europe.
"Lyme Disease: An Influential Outdoor Hazard,"
Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science: Vol. 19
, Article 3.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.dartmouth.edu/dujs/vol19/iss3/3