May 13, 2014 at 9:49 am
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) As the snow disappeared across the Minnesota landscape this spring, wood ticks reappeared, bringing with it, the possiblity of Lyme Disease.
Epidemiologist Dave Neitzel specializes in tick and mosquito-transmitted diseased for the Minnesota Department of Health. He says Lyme Disease is carried by the black-legged tick, also known as the deer tick.
He says final numbers are still being tabulated, but it appears Minnesota had more than 1,400 cases of Lyme Disease last year. And it's not just humans that are at risk, but family pets too.
Neitzel says if you're going to be working out in heavily wooded areas, or brushy areas, you should cover up exposed skin, and you can use repellant similar to what you'd use to ward off mosquitoes.
Neitzel says all stages of Lyme Disease are treatable, but it's more easily treated if detected early. Joint swelling and arthritis are some of the common symptoms that appear.
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