Updated: 07/09/2014 10:36 PM
Created: 07/07/2014 4:46 PM WDIO.com
Ticks... Our brutal winter did nothing against a growing enemy.
Dr. Johan Bakken is an Infectious Disease specialist at St. Luke's Hospital. He says even though our winter was longer and colder than normal, the weather didn't play much of a factor when it comes to ticks.
"The cold of winter doesn't really affect the ticks all that much," Dr. Bakken said.
Lyme disease set a record last year.
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, a record number of Lyme disease cases, 1,431, were reported in 2013 and other tick diseases were also up.
"We shouldn't forget the other infectious diseases that can be transmitted," Dr. Bakken added. Including Human anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis just to name a few.
Ticks are spreading...
"It's clear that there is an expansion of the tick endemic areas," Dr. Bakken said. "Many people don't know that they have had a tick bite."
Know the symptoms...
MDH says signs and symptoms of the various tick-borne diseases can include rash, fever, headache, fatigue, muscle aches, and joint pain or swelling.
You may not see it coming.
What you need to know about The Tick and the Bite...
Tonight on Eyewitness News at Ten.
DNR Talks Safety After Hunter Attacked By Bear, More Details Released
Family members said a hunter is undergoing a second surgery after a bear attack in Pine County. Brandon Johnson is from North Branch and was attacked by a wounded bear early Saturday morning. DNR officials and hunting guides said tracking a wounded bear alone is not recommended.
MSHSL to Vote on Policy Changes for Transgender Athletes
It's in reference to a proposed Minnesota State High School League policy that's scheduled to be voted on this week. The policy would allow transgender high school athletes to play in sports based on their gender identity, not their gender at birth.
Domestic Violence Deaths Reach 77 in Minnesota, Wisconsin for 2013
Domestic violence resulted in 77 deaths in Minnesota and Wisconsin in 2013. A group called End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin released the latest numbers for Wisconsin on Monday. Advocates in the Twin Ports say the important thing is to work toward fewer deaths in 2014.
Level III Sex Offender Moving to Rural Duluth
The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says a sex offender is moving to a rural Duluth neighborhood next month.
Fire at Lincoln Park Apartment Building Under Investigation
Fire officials are investigating the cause of a blaze that broke out at an apartment building on 18th Avenue West near Superior Street on Monday. The fire caused $30,000 in damages.