From our trusted colleague Rick Ostfeld, Disease Ecologist and author of Lyme Disease: The Ecology of a Complex System.
“In the next week or so I’ll be preparing press materials alerting the public to what we predict will be a particularly high-risk year for Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases — 2012. This is not because of the unusually warm winter, however. There is no rigorous evidence supporting a positive correlation between winter temperatures at a site and overwinter survival or subsequent spring/summer density of ticks. The reason we’re expecting a bad 2012 is that heavy acorn masting in 2010 in the northeast led to very high densities of white-footed mice and eastern chipmunks in 2011. Both these species but especially mice are highly competent reservoirs for the Lyme disease spirochete and also good-quality hosts for larval ticks. In our 20-year dataset, the summer after a high-mouse year almost always sees unusually high abundance of infected nymphal blacklegged ticks.”
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