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Where Is Rickettsia Found In The US?

Many diseases can be passed on to humans through the bites of ticks, lice, mites, and fleas. Although these creatures are tiny, the bacteria they carry can wreak havoc in humans, leading to several serious diseases. This group of disorders is known as vector-borne diseases, which run the gamut from mild to fatal. One of the most difficult aspects of this group of diseases is how to quantify them all separately. Many begin with generalized symptoms that resemble a traditional infection. If patient and doctor alike are not careful, a disease can subsequently be misdiagnosed and left to develop unchecked. This is why it’s important that vector-borne illnesses are visible to the general public, and that there is plenty of readily accessible information about them.

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When Does Tick Season Start? 7 Ways To Protect Yourself Against Lyme Disease

As springtime approaches, you’ll probably find yourself getting more eager to spend time in the great outdoors. However, more time in nature increases your risk of getting bitten by a tick – which could lead to you contracting Lyme disease. Here’s the info you’ll need to know about when tick season starts and what you can do to protect yourself against tick bites and Lyme disease.

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Are Some People At A Higher Risk Of Contracting Lyme Disease?

While there are still many things we don’t know about Lyme disease, we are pretty confident on the method of transmission. The bacteria that causes the disease, borrelia burgdorferi, is spread through tick bites. Although there has been some evidence of Lyme being transmitted from mother to baby in the womb, and possibly through the blood transfusion mechanic, the predominant way that Lyme infects humans is through direct physical contact with ticks. Lyme is a particularly debilitating disease, especially in its chronic form, so learning how to best avoid contracting it in the first place is one of the best forms of education. People who might have a higher risk of contracting Lyme disease should be aware of what to look out for, and how to avoid putting themselves in danger.

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What Time of Year Are Ticks Most Prevalent in America?

Want to keep your family safe from getting bitten by ticks? It’s important that you’re taking steps to protect them all year round. There are differences between when ticks are most active, so read on for all the info you’ll need about when ticks are the most prevalent and what you should do to prevent yourself from getting bitten.

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Ticks and Lyme Disease in Minnesota

Ticks and tick-borne diseases are on the rise in the Midwest. A recently published news article stated that Minnesota is the seventh most affected state in terms of reported Lyme disease. The tick population seems to increase over time, which makes Minnesota a high-risk state. Prevention and education is the key to protect both loved ones and yourself.

A good resource for Minnesotans is the Minnesota Lyme Association, where you will find information about prevention and contacts if you are affected by Lyme disease.

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