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Health Officials Caution Hunters of Tick-borne Disease

24 Oct News

With hunting and outdoor fall recreations underway in the Wisconsin, health officials are warning hunters to be on the lookout for deer ticks.

According to the state Department of Health Services, the risk of acquiring a tick-borne illness is highest from spring through summer when ticks are most active. But officials say people should still be concerned into late autumn, especially if the weather is warm.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison found significantly larger populations of ticks in the north, central, and eastern regions of the state this year.

So far, five tick-borne diseases have been identified in Wisconsin, including Lyme disease. While Lyme is the most well-know, more than 600 people were treated last year for other tick-borne illness.

The state recommends using tick repellents, wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants and checking your body frequently for ticks.