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Diseases from ticks rise to record levels in Minnesota

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Bites from blacklegged ticks (also called deer ticks) led to a record number of tick-borne disease cases in Minnesota during 2007, say state health officials. Blacklegged ticks carry Lyme disease, human anaplasmosis, and babesiosis, three illnesses that can all lead to serious complications.

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To prevent these diseases, it is critical for people who spend time outdoors in many areas of east-central, north-central and southeast Minnesota to take precautions against tick bites.

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