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CNN has published a recent government report from the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group that suggests the US tick population is growing and may bring with it an increase in tick-related illnesses.
While Lyme disease is the most popular of tick-borne illnesses, there are another 20 known conditions related to tick bites.
CDC reports have shown that Lyme disease rates have risen, particulary in certain states, including Vermont, Maine, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Massachussetts.
The Tick-Borne Disease Working Group's recommendations include improving early and accurate diagnosis and treatment, strengthening national surveillance and developing new treatment options for treating acute and persistent illness. The report can be found here.