Experts say record warm temperatures and a decrease in the food supply for deer ticks will mean a surge in Lyme disease cases this year.
In 2010, more than 30,000 Americans contracted Lyme disease, an illness than can have lifelong effects including arthritis, fatigue and neurological defects.
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that since the late 1990s there have been more than 250,000 cases of Lyme disease nationwide—more than 90 percent of those were in 12 states, including Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Russ Jundt, of the Twin Cities Mosquito Squad, will be answering your questions about Lyme disease through May 17.
Joining Jundt is Monique Dubos, president and communications coordinator of Minnesota Lyme Association, a resource for people affected by Lyme Disease. Dubos is not a doctor, but her organization has worked as an advocate for people with Lyme disease and other tick-borne illness since 2006.
Both of our guests will be checking back periodically to address your questions.
So post your questions in the comment section below and check back later to see the answer.