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Del. Sees High Rate of Lyme Disease

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP)- Recent rains and standing water may make mosquitoes a concern, but Delaware health officials say the state also has one the nation's highest rates of Lyme disease.

Dr. Awe Maduka-Ezeh, the state's Public Health Medical Director, said that there are many reasons for the tick influx. She said the state has many parks and forests and a large population of deer, which are the natural hosts for the ticks that carry the disease.

Maduka-Ezeh added that there is a common misconception that only outdoor enthusiasts need to be vigilant. She said it is possible for people to be exposed to Lyme around their own homes, especially if they have pets that bring the ticks indoors with them.

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