The automatic association of Lyme disease with deer may be flawed August 27, 2014 Massachusetts

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The automatic association of Lyme disease with deer may be flawed August 27, 2014 Massachusetts, Martha's Vineyard Times 
... The abundance of deer and near absence of ticks in Aquinnah’s lush wetland forest, and abundance of ticks despite a lower number of deer in Chilmark’s dry oak forest suggest that the differences go deeper than the relationship between deer and their parasites...One of the chief differences between them is that oak forests produce more starch in the form of acorns that squirrels can hoard, leaving plenty for other rodents such as white-footed mice, which serve as the hosts for immature deer ticks. The mice are a crucial carrier of the ticks, which thrive, even when there aren’t many deer ...


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