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Lyme disease, a hidden summer threat

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LA CROSSE (WKOW)--The Centers for Disease Control says 95 percent of Lyme disease cases happens in 13 states, including Wisconsin. The CDC says infection rates are high in Wisconsin this time of year.

Immature deer ticks stay active during the summer and are considerably smaller than adults. At about the size of a poppy seed, the ticks are difficult to find on the body, making them more likely to transmit the disease.

"Very often people have no idea they had a tick on them. They come up with symptoms and then that's when they find out they had contact with Lyme disease,” Dave Geske, Vector Control Manager in La Crosse County, said.

“In the fall of the year when the ticks are more mature, they're larger and it's easier to know you have a tick on you."

In order for a bite to become infected, the tick needs to be latched on for at least 24 hours. One of the best ways to protect yourself is to do a thorough tick check after going outdoors.

 

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