(AP) – Health officials in Maine are expandingtheir efforts to track the spread of deer ticks that carry Lymedisease. The Maine Medical Center Research Institute and the Maine Centerfor Disease Control and Prevention are urging residents,veterinarians and doctors in northern and western Maine to submitticks to the research institute in an effort to better map thelocation of deer ticks and learn more about the spread of Lymedisease. State epidemiologist Stephen Sears says information is neededfrom Aroostook, Piscataquis, Penobscot, Somerset, Franklin andOxford counties. Lyme disease brings painful and often debilitating symptoms,ranging from headaches to joint pain and fatigue. Directions on how to submit deer ticks for identification can befound on the institute’s Web site at www.mmcri.org/lyme.