No one knows why there’s more cases in the Great Lakes states. Cornell’s Laura Goodman works on a project that screens ticks for diseases like Powassan.
She says, climate change could be a factor, because warmer winters extend the lifecycle of ticks. And, she says folks should be on the lookout for more ticks this year.
“Every indication is that we’re going to have lots of tics this summer,” she said. “We’re already seeing them being submitted this year we’ve already had ticks removed off of people and animals this spring.”