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Cases of tick-borne diseases decreased in 2012

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An unusually warm, dry spring and summer may have contributed to a substantial drop in cases of disease caused by ticks in 2012 in Minnesota.


However, the decline doesn't mean the risk of illness from tick bites in 2013 will be any less than in most previous years, state health officials reported.

The three main tick-borne diseases carried in Minnesota by blacklegged ticks (deer ticks), Lyme disease, human anaplasmosis and babesiosis, were all down in 2012.

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