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State Tick Population Surges, Raising Risk of Lyme Disease

State Tick Population Surges, Raising Risk of Lyme Disease

Connecticut's tick population appears to be rising this spring, bringing increased risks for Lyme disease and other tick-borne pathogens, a top state expert warned Thursday.

Tests by scientists at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station have also found a higher-than-average rate of the Lyme Disease spirochetes in ticks tested so far this year, according to the station's director, Dr. Theodore Andreadis.

But experiment station scientists are struggling to keep up with the volume of ticks being sent in from around the state for testing because of a state hiring freeze.

"We're in a bit of a...

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