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...
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