Beware when outside: tick season is shaping up to be bad

Leslie Hanson
May 15, 2018

However, nothing can be farther from the truth upon closer inspection.

"Ticks can be the size of a poppy seed".

"If you know you're going to be out in wooded brushy areas, that's where you're going to come into contact with these ticks and that's the time to put on the repellent".

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has been reporting increases in tick born disease in Minnesota and across the country for the last couple of years.

Understandably, muffin lovers of the world were horrified beyond relief over the CDC's photo, with many users aghast at the agency's good-intentioned awareness campaign.

People freaked out so much the CDC actually had to apologize for the tweet.

"Sorry we ticked some of you off!"

In fact, in Canada the government is warning people that this year could be the worst tick season ever.

The department cited a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study showing that the number of people across the USA being infected by diseases from mosquitoes, ticks and fleas has tripled from 2004 to 2016. In most cases, a tick must be attached for 36 to 48 hours before Lyme disease can be transmitted, according to officials.

If left untreated, Lyme disease can cause serious complication, including severe arthritis or neurological and cardiac problems. Symptoms of Powassan infection include fever, headache, vomiting, weakness, confusion, and seizures.

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