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FIRST OF TWO PARTS: Tick-borne diseases keep on climbing


 The number of Minnesotans with tick-borne disease jumped to record levels in 2010. 

The state Department of Health said anaplasmosis now rivals Lyme disease. 

Dave Neitzel, MDH epidemiologist specializing in tick-borne diseases, said it’s a continuing and troubling trend. 

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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