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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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Do All Tick Bites Lead to Lyme Disease?

Because Lyme disease is not a widely well-known condition, it’s likely that people have a lot of questions about tick bites and contracting infections. Here’s a breakdown to help educate you about the steps you should take to protect you and your family from Lyme disease.  Continue reading “Do All Tick Bites Lead to Lyme Disease?”

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Which Ticks Carry Lyme Disease?

Most people know that you can get Lyme disease from ticks, but very few people know what type of ticks, and the percentage chance you have of contracting the disease if you’re unlucky enough to get bitten. In recent years, Lyme was thought to have been a totally North Eastern phenomenon, incapable of spreading outside key states like Connecticut (where it was first diagnosed and discovered in 1975), Maine, Vermont, and New York. In 2018, however, Lyme can be found in every state in mainland U.S., and constitutes one of the fastest-growing vector-borne diseases on the planet. Education is one of the best weapons we have in the battle against Lyme disease; using that as a jumping-off point, the first thing you should know is which type of ticks carry the Lyme virus. Continue reading “Which Ticks Carry Lyme Disease?”

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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