Researchers at the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies, in upstate New York, comb the woods in search of ticks. Photography by Kirsten Luce

Lyme Disease Cases Are Exploding. And It’s Only Going to Get Worse.

Climate change and human sprawl have triggered a pandemic

Alex Bhattacharji
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28 min readJun 24, 2019

This story is part of “Tickpocalypse,” a multi-part special report.

KKelly Oggenfuss is walking into the woods. Leading her team of four young researchers through a thicket of slender oak trees, she doles out assignments by…



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Alex Bhattacharji

Journalist and writer. A contributing editor at WSJ. magazine whose work appears in numerous other publications. Raised in Brooklyn, lives in Los Angeles.