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Weather brings early return of pesky parasite

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The early start of spring this year might be welcome, but along with it comes a less welcome annual visitor: ticks.

Several sightings have already been reported of deer ticks, which can transmit Lyme disease, and the more common dog tick, or wood tick.

"It seems like they're now emerging and looking for a host," said Gary Bullemer, assistant manager at Sibley State Park.

"It's not winter anymore," agreed Dr. Bobbi Kopel, a veterinarian at Willmar Pet Hospital.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at http://healthbeat.areavoices.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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