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The Ticks are Out

It’s that time of the year again. Ticks are out in full force in Wisconsin and the UP and Prevea Health is issuing a warning to residents to protect themselves against potential tick-borne illnesses before they head outside. The most commonly thought-of tick-related disease is Lyme disease, which is carried by the Deer tick only. Symptoms include rash, headache, fever, joint pain, and enlarged lymph nodes- all of which usually occur 3 to 30 days after exposure to an infected deer tick. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should contact their primary care provider. You can lower your chances of getting a tick bite by wearing light-colored clothing, long pants and long sleeves, and close-toed shoes if you plan to be in an area where ticks are active. Insect repellant that contains at least 20-percent DEET has also been shown effective at preventing ticks. To learn more about ticks and tick-borne disease, visit c-d-c-dot-gov-slash-ticks.

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