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How California escapes the Lyme disease curse: Lizards!
How California escapes the Lyme disease curse: Lizards!

What if ticks were an endangered species? Would we preserve critical habitat for them? Fund a captive-tick breeding program? It would be hard for me, as a hiker and dog owner, to summon any sympathy for these disgusting little pests. If they were gone, would the greater environment miss them in any way? Just a fantasy. Ticks are, of course, thriving and a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control finds that they are, in fact, responsible for 10 times more Lyme disease than previously thought — 300,000 cases a year nationwide. The report has been used by the Lyme community — and I’m not talking about the town in Connecticut but people who say that the disease is...

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