. If U're a trainer or an owner, U know the dogs in our lives require time in the Great Outdoors - & that means dealing with biting insects, who aren't picky about whom they bite or what species, so long as they're a mammal with nice rich blood to feed them. U can't spend a life inside 4 walls... even tho mosquitoes & ticks make getting out less attractive. . this is a new tool - a predictive map that collates individual data from diagnoses to help track the prevalence of cases, at county level - not region, nor state. Unfortunately, it's not good news - heartworm is expected to increase, & Lyme parasites are spreading into new popns of ticks. . https://www.capcvet.org/articles/he...-forecasted-to-be-highly-problematic-in-2017/ . This affects not only our dogs, but ourselves - Lyme is a serious illness, easily overlooked or misdiagnosed. The long-term effects can be devastating, especially if the patient is young when infected & goes undiagnosed for years - which happens. // The definitive "bull's-eye rash" is actually very rare. . take a look at the map, & if Ur area is endemic for Lyme, use preventives, check for ticks, & ask about oral baits for rodents, to stop Lyme transmission. . Lyme Disease Transmission Blocked by New Oral Bait Vaccine in ... lymediseaseguide.net/lyme-disease-transmission-blocked-by-new-oral-bait-vaccine-in... Mar 3, 2014 - white-footed mouse oral bait vaccine lyme disease ... is able to prevent the transmission of Lyme disease by vaccinating white-footed mice. . . Breaking the transmission cycle of Lyme disease | Cary Institute of ... www.caryinstitute.org/newsroom/breaking-transmission-cycle-lyme-disease Feb 25, 2014 - An oral bait vaccine was distributed to white-footed mice. The mice ... Pesticides used alone are not sufficient to prevent Lyme disease. There is ... . . Spraying pesticides to kill some ticks doesn't stop Lyme from moving, animal to animal, & won't stop its spread to new areas. Only oral-vaccination can do that. // Baits can be spread aerially, or put out by ppl on foot. Oral vaccination can also sharply reduce the number of cases in endemic areas - which is a ray of hope. . Suggestion: If Ur home-area adjoins a Lyme-endemic area, push state or local legislators to approve funding to distribute the oral-baits. It's the sole long-term strategy to keep Lyme from moving clear to Florida, & across to the Mississippi drainage. The north-central states are already a hot-spot to spread it west & southwest. . . .