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Tips to Avoid Tick Born Infections


If you're going to take your dog out for a walk, you might want to start checking for ticks. That's because those creepy crawlers are back now that it's warming up.

Dr. Diep Johnson, a vectorborne epidemiologist, says the deer tick is popular in Wisconsin and it can transmit all the tick born diseases. Her advice: if you find a tick, remove it immediately with tweezers.\

"After you've been outside the best way to prevent from getting a tick born infection is...do those tick checks, and then...take a shower," said Johnson, "Just doing those two things will reduce your chance of getting a tick born disease tremendously."

According to Johnson, tick born diseases are monitored year round in Wisconsin, but people are more prone to get them during the spring and fall seasons.

It's also always important to use repellents while outdoors.


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