Lyme Disease Cases on the Rise 

Lyme disease has been on the rise in Maine.Maine health officials say cases of the disease were up by 72 percent last year.According to The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there were more than 900 cases of the tick-borne illness in humans in 2008.Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria that’s transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected deer tick, also known as a black-legged tick. Biting ticks are particularly prevalent this time of year as they search wooded areas for a host to bite.While the disease often causes symptoms such as joint pain and fatigue, it’s much more serious for some people who becomeinfected. It is often difficult to detect.