Tick alert

KIMT News 3 – The Iowa Wildlife Federation has released their tick report. Those with the federation report that deer ticks are expected to be more widespread than ever before. They say, it’s primarily due to climate change.

An average winter temperature of 19 degrees keeps these pests at bay. However, with winters becoming milder, ticks are able to multiply. Along with these creatures, comes Lyme disease – a potentially deadly condition. The disease carries with it flu-like symptoms including fever, headaches, and joint pain.

One public health expert explains how to avoid contracting it.

“We need to make sure when we’re out in those areas, that we’re dressing appropriately. Wear long pants if you can, tucking your pants into your socks, long sleeve shirts, and you can use insect repellant. When you get home, make sure you’re checking yourself and your children for signs of ticks,” says RN, Jennifer Stiles.

More than 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported annually to the centers for disease control and prevention. In 2012, more than 95 percent of cases are in thirteen states, Minnesota being one of them.

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