May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month

FILE - This is a March 2002 file photo of a deer tick under a microscope in the entomology lab at the University of Rhode Island in South Kingstown, R.I. Researchers focused on ticks and the debilitating diseases they spread say the heavy snow that blanketed the Northeast this winter was like a cozy quilt for baby blacklegged ticks that are now questing for blood as the weather warms up. (AP Photo/Victoria Arocho, File)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — May is Lyme Disease Awareness month.

According to Connecticut health officials, every year more than 22,000 people in the state are diagnosed with the disease.

New predictions by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention say those numbers are only expected to rise and they are calling it “a major U.S. public health problem.”

Researchers around the country are looking to combat this by developing urine based Lyme disease tests to try and get to this early on.