In only twenty years, Lyme Disease has become the most common insect borne disease in the United States. Transmitted by deer ticks, it can cause anything from a rash to severe arthritis. NASA scientists, working with colleagues, at the New York Medical College have begun to use satellite images to help identify high-risk areas for deer tick infestations. Mel Averner of NASA's Global Monitoring and Disease Prediction program expects these techniques will also help combat such killers as malaria and yellow fever.
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