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Increase in tick-borne diseases, U.S.A.

Rates of tick-borne infections in the United States have been increasing dramatically since 2000. See attached graph (Lyme disease displayed as cases/100,000 to allow fit). Although this phenomenon might reflect changes in human population density and artifacts of reporting and diagnosis, I suspect that these data are related to increasing tick and animal reservoir populations.

Update: Also referenced in ProMED

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