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EPA links increase in Lyme disease to climate change

September 1, 2016
By JUSTIN A. LEVINE - Outdoors Writer ( , Lake Placid News

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has linked increasing cases of Lyme disease to climate change.

The EPA has charted the rate of reported Lyme disease cases and found that the number of cases per 100,000 people has more than doubled in the last 25 years.

In 1991, there were fewer than four cases of Lyme disease per 100,000 people. That number jumped to almost eight last year. EPA's chart shows a steady upward trend of cases reported by local and state health departments.

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