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Remember to check for ticks after outdoor activities

With tick season here, the North Dakota Department of Health says that different states have different prevalences of ticks.

Deer tick, left and wood tick
Deer tick (left) and wood tick (right) compared.
Credit: National Park Service

FARGO — Those with plans to enjoy the outdoors this weekend may want to keep ticks in mind.

The bugs can transmit a range of diseases to both humans and pets, including Lyme disease.

North Dakota Department of Health entomologist Amanda Bakken says that most cases of tick-borne illnesses come from outside the state, including Minnesota.

"I'd say about half or more of the cases of tick-related illnesses that we get in the state are from people who travel to Minnesota. Minnesota is considered a high-prevalence state for tick diseases. North Dakota is considered a low-incidence state," Bakken said.

Bakken said that if you find any strange looking ticks, or are concerned about a tick you find, you can submit it for testing.

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