The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that there are more than 300,000 new cases of tick-borne diseases in the U.S. every year, and Nantucket has one of the highest incidence rates in the country. Esvelt will discuss his proposal, community safeguards, a timeline and technical progress, at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 in the 4 Fairgrounds Road Public … Some scientists have drawn a link between climate change and Lyme disease. Esvelt’s project would not begin until 2024 at the earliest. Fighting Lyme disease in the genes of Nantucket’s mice. The ticks themselves are then infected and pass the disease on to whatever they bite next, whether it is a deer, a dog or in an increasingly large percentage, the people of Nantucket. The Northern part of the U.S. has seen a … The island of Nantucket had the next highest rate at 598 cases per 100,000 residents. ... Nantucket, and even the mainland. -- On the picturesque island of Nantucket, residents are considering a radical approach to fight a disease that's haunted the island for decades. According to a 2016 study from the Centers For Disease Control, the number of reported cases of Lyme disease in the United States has tripled since 1998. Other areas of the Cape and the islands also had high rates of Lyme disease during those years. And health officials say some cases are not reported, some Lyme disease diagnoses are … Ticks, even in their larval stage, feed on the mice that carry Lyme disease. (Jan. 12, 2017) Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, led by Kevin Esvelt, are aiming to reduce the incidence of Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections on Nantucket through a novel, community-driven approach. Last year, Nantucket had 411 laboratory-confirmed cases of tick diseases, up from 257 in 2007. The US House of Representatives has called for an investigation into whether the spread of Lyme disease had its roots in a Pentagon experiment in weaponising ticks. White-footed mice carry the pathogen that causes Lyme disease. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue and skin rash. Left untreated, the infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. As Lyme disease casts a shadow over New Englanders’ outdoor expeditions, MIT researchers have proposed using gene editing to fight the disease. NANTUCKET, Mass. Fisher Real Estate would like to thank the Nantucket Cottage Hospital for this guest blog about Lyme Disease on Nantucket.. The problem isn’t unique to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Climate scientists have long predicted increases in tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme, as a consequence of global warming, since warm weather accelerates ticks’ breeding cycles and allows them to live in locales that have historically been too cold for them. Lyme disease: Caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium, Lyme is the most common vector-borne disease in the U.S. Dr. Timothy Lepore says he sees upwards of 100 cases of Lyme disease each year, an especially high number for an island with a population of 10,000 residents.