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State health officials expressing caution as tick-borne disease on the rise in Minnesota

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A growing number of ticks in Minnesota are carrying organisms that cause disease in humans, raising the risk that a bite by a black-legged, or deer, tick might lead to illness.

From 2005 to 2008, staff with the Minnesota Department of Health collected ticks from regions of Minnesota where Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases are commonly reported. Testing found that about one of every three adult black-legged ticks was positive for the Lyme disease bacteria.

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