Tuesday, May 6, 2014

5-7-14 tick borne diseases

The good news is that spring is finally here, but with it comes pests that, besides being annoying,  can also cause illnesses. We’re talking about ticks and mosquitoes.  State epidemiologist  Zip Johnson says while mosquitoes aren’t a problem yet…there have been a lot of reports of ticks emerging from dormancy.   
Johnson says ticks can carry several diseases, including Lyme disease.  Johnson says its imperative for people who enjoy the outdoors take steps to lessen the chance of contracting tick borne diseases, by wearing lightweight long-sleeve shirts and pants and using bug spray.  Johnson says Wisconsin residents can help track the spread of West Nile virus using the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline. 

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