Tick alert

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Tick populations are up in Minnesota right now, warns state epidemiologist Melissa Kemperman, and people should take steps to protect themselves and their pets from tick bites and the infectious diseases they carry. An article in the Strib warns that cases of Lyme disease have doubled in Minnesota since the 1990s and that other tick-borne diseases, such as anaplasmosis or babesiosis, have also increased. Experts warn that prevention of tick bites and diseases is easier than treatment.

A couple of weeks ago, the PiPress Watchdog reported that some flea and tick meds can seriously harm your pets, so you should be careful about which meds you use. The article offers specific, brand-name warnings, and good advice about what to do.

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