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The heat wave in Connecticut is leading to more than just scorching conditions. New studies have reported that the high temperatures are creating an environment ripe for more disease-carrying ticks — and ticks that are more aggressive toward humans.
The EPA reported that “studies provide evidence that climate change has contributed to the expanded range of ticks, increasing the potential risk of Lyme disease.” Ticks that carry Lyme disease, known as deer ticks, thrive in hot and humid conditions like those found in Northeast summers.