Monday, March 06, 2017
Peromyscus, not as cuddly as it sounds
This blog is named for the mice that carry Lyme disease, because I used to work in Lyme disease detection, from 1989 to 1995 or so. At the time, Lyme was quite mysterious and largely confined to a small area of the eastern US. Since then, it's exploded. Detection and treatment haven't gotten much better but the mouse that carries it - Peromyscus - has done very well for itself.
NPR just published an article on Lyme, its expansion, and how to protect yourself here. (Photo by Stephen Reiss, from the article.)