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Coming Sunday: Tick-ing time bomb

In recent years, most Lyme disease cases reported likely exposure to blacklegged (deer) ticks in east-central, north-central and southeast Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

Formerly called deer ticks, blacklegged ticks like this one crawling on skin, can carry multiple diseases, including Lyme. As ticks get more active in May experts are urging people outdoors to use repellents to keep them away. Contributed photo / U.S. Department of Agriculture
Formerly called deer ticks, blacklegged ticks like this one crawling on skin, can carry multiple diseases, including Lyme. As ticks get more active in May experts are urging people outdoors to use repellents to keep them away. Contributed photo / U.S. Department of Agriculture

It’s only a matter of time before outdoor enthusiasts in the Brainerd lakes area, especially in wooded, brushy areas, encounter ticks.

Find out how to prevent bites from blacklegged ticks, commonly known as deer ticks, and learn how to avoid getting sick from them in Sunday’s story by Frank Lee.

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