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The New York Post: Lyme disease is threatening an unprecedented 2017

A bumper crop of acorns could be putting the U.S. on the brink of an unprecedented outbreak of Lyme disease, experts warn.

An estimated 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, but the illness now may be on track to see 2017 become the worst year ever, according to Rick Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y.

The acorn surge means mouse populations will climb — giving rise to more disease-carrying ticks.

“We predict the mice population based on the acorns and we predict infected nymph ticks with the mice numbers. Each step has a one-year lag,” Ostfeld told New Scientist magazine.

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