“We expect 2012 to be the worst year for Lyme disease ever,” said Richard S. Ostfeld, at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y.
The State Department of Health fact sheet on Lyme disease notes that “In New Jersey, the most commonly infected tick is the deer tick. Immature ticks become infected by feeding on infected white-footed mice and other small mammals, such as deer and meadow voles. Deer ticks can also spread other tick-borne diseases. Humans can be infected by more than one tick-borne disease at a time.”
If untreated, weeks to months later some people may also have arthritis, nervous system and heart problems, but the good news is “If treated early, antibiotic therapy for three to four weeks is generally effective.”