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Lyme disease: Prevention is the best medicine

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Warm temperatures will mean more people outside enjoying the great outdoors and more chances to be in contact with Lyme disease-transmitting deer ticks.

Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne illness in the northern hemisphere. About 20,000 new cases are reported to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) each year. The CDC acknowledges that 90 percent of cases go unreported. Lyme disease is endemic to much of Minnesota, including Cass, Crow Wing and surrounding counties.

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