While April showers may bring May flowers, it also signals the onset of allergy season and a surge in deer ticks, particularly on the East Coast. The mild winter (or some believe global warming ) has led to an increase in reported cases of Lyme Disease, which is transmitted by infected ticks.
While deer ticks can infect at any time of year, they tend to hibernate under the snow in the winter. With a lower than average snowfall, the melt is on and deer ticks are experiencing a resurgence in both animals and humans. Hospitals, doctors, and veterinarians on the Eastern seaboard have seen a dramatic increase in the number of patients with tick bites. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) considers the East Coast from southern Maine to northern Maryland a high-risk area for Lyme Disease.