MADISON (WKOW) -- State officials are sending out their annual warning -- as we get more active outside, so do ticks.
State Health Officer Dr. Henry Anderson says cases of Lyme disease and other tickborne diseases have increased in Wisconsin over the past decade. Between 1997 and 1999, there were about 536 reported cases of Lyme disease each year. That jumped to about 3,250 cases a year between 2008 and 2011.
"People should take precautions to prevent tick bites when they spend time outdoors. The risk of acquiring a tickborne illness is highest from spring through summer when the ticks are most active. The key to prevent tickborne diseases is to avoid tick bites and to find and remove ticks promptly," Anderson noted.
State officials passed along a few steps that can help prevent tick bites and reduce the chance of getting tickborne diseases: