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Posted Sun Jun 7 2009: from Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Tick population spreading in Minn
Disease-carrying ticks appear to be on the rise in Minnesota, and spreading to parts of the state that didn't have the bugs as recently as five years ago, state health officials say. Melissa Kemperman, state Health Department epidemiologist, said blacklegged ticks, also known as deer ticks, can carry Lyme disease and are spreading north and west in Stearns, Wright and Todd counties. She said the reason for the increase isn't clear. Ticks survive in woody or brushy habitats. Kemperman said their habitats aren't changing as fast as the tick population is spreading. It's likely the ticks are being spread by birds, deer and people, she said.
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