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Beware the crawling freckle

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The first report of a black-legged tick (deer tick) out and feeding in Minnesota this year came April 6, said David Neitzel, a specialist on tick- and mosquito-borne illnesses for the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

These tiny ticks, which can be as small as a freckle, are carriers of several illnesses, and Cass and Crow Wing are two of the state’s counties that are at highest risk of diseases like Lyme, human anaplasmosis, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis and powassan.

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