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A rare tick-borne disease is on the rise in the northeastern United States, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Cases of babesiosis rose by 25% from 2011 to 2019, causing the CDC to add three states — Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire — to the list of those where the illness is considered endemic.  Increases also were noted in states where the disease already was endemic: Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

The CDC did not give an explicit reason for the rise in babesiosis cases, but state programs that track cases of tick-borne illnesses have said that milder winters might be behind rising infection numbers, as they allow ticks to stay active year-round.

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