Lyme effects animals as well as people. The range of the disease has expanded to cover most of the US, although the hot spots for it remain the Northeast and Upper Midwest.
The number of cases is expected to increase this year beyond levels seen in the past. The map below shows the veterinarian’s view of the risk, which is fairly similar to the CDC view for people. Same virus, same ticks.
We saw a mother allow her toddler to crawl through grass next to an ice cream stand in NJ today. That used to be an innocent behavior. Now I just hope she checks the child carefully for ticks.
- Michael Yabsley, “Heartworm disease and Lyme disease are forecasted to be highly problematic in 2017,” Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC). https://www.capcvet.org/articles/heartworm-disease-and-lyme-disease-are-forecasted-to-be-highly-problematic-in-2017/