Cases of Tick-Borne Diseases Decrease

Public Health

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KIMT NEWS 3 — An unusually dry spring and summer helped people stay healthy in 2012.

That’s because cases of tick-borne diseases decreased last year, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

One of the most common diseases carried by black-legged ticks, or deer ticks, is Lyme disease.

Health experts tell us weather conditions could’ve played a key role.

“Last year, there was a lot of dry weather as we know,” Freeborn County Public Health Director Sue Yost said. “So, ticks like wetter weather, they like more humidity. So, last year, the ticks didn’t come out as much because of that.”

Yost adds this year is different and says that illness from tick bites remains high for this season.

She also stresses to take precautions, such as wearing long clothing if you are going in wooded areas, to prevent tick bites.

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