SPECIAL REPORT

Investigating Lyme Disease and Tick-Borne Illness

Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that Lyme disease is 10 times more prevalent than previously reported, with some 300,000 sufferers across the U.S.

But much of the United States, including the Southeast, has been left out of the equation, despite emerging evidence that Lyme or a Lyme-like infection may be present there as well.

Discover magazine investigates the controversy brewing over tick-borne illness in the South.

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CONTENTS

INTERACTIVE MAP

Tell Your Tick-Borne Illness Story

Plot where you encountered an infected tick and add to a growing number of stories emerging around the world about about battling tick-borne illness.
INTERACTIVE

Tick Identification

Do you know your tick species? Learn how to ID, and avoid, hungry lone-star adults and stealth blacklegged larvae.
FEATURE

Southern Gothic

Lyme disease is well-documented north of the Mason-Dixon line, but does it exist beyond that? Read an excerpt from Discover's new longform e-single, TICKED.
E-SINGLE

TICKED: The Battle Over Lyme Disease in the South

A 60-page investigative narrative about the hunt for tick-borne pathogens in the South.
ARTICLE

Can a Tick Bite Make You Allergic to Meat?

Some doctors suspect tick bites can lead to an array of bizarre maladies.
ARTICLE

Worried About Lyme Disease? Blame the Acorns

Fluctuations in the food chain, weather and landscape can affect tick numbers.
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