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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.

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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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