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A blacklegged tick (deer tick) nymph.

When spring comes, so do tick-borne diseases

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According to David Neitzel, "bug expert" at the Minnesota Department of Health Acute Disease Investigation and Control program, once the snow melts, out come the ticks and, with them, diseases like Lyme disease, human anaplasmosis, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, Powassan encephalitis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Reports of deer ticks are already coming in from nearby counties and northern Minnesota.

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