It’s spring — and it’s tick season

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Now that the weather is warming up and more people are outside, the health department is already warning you to be cautious of ticks. 

North Dakota is home to the deer tick and American dog tick, and they can carry several diseases, the most common being Lyme Disease, which can affect your heart and nervous system.

According to the North Dakota Health Department,  there were 93 cases of Lyme Disease reported in 2017, a jump of 44 cases from 2016.

“Generally, a tick has to be attached for at least 24 hours before it can transmit disease,” says Epidemiologist Laura Cronquist. “It is especially dangerous in the springtime because that is when the young ticks are out and so they are really hard to see. They are the size of a small pinhead. They can be attached for a while and you may not notice.”

Ticks live mostly in grassy, wooded and moist areas.

Health professionals advise people to do tick checks, wear light-colored clothing, tuck your pants into your socks, use repellents and watch out for flu-like symptoms.

Some symptoms include headaches, fever and more. 

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