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Beware of harmful critters, plants this summer

July 2, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Among the joys of summer is the opportunity to commune with nature, but some of nature’s tiniest creatures, like the tick, can cause big health concerns. Continue Reading

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No Need to Stay Inside, But Check for Ticks

May 2, 2012 in WDAZ

(AP) – Shortly after her first child was born, Colleen Safford left Manhattan for a 10-acre spread north of the urban jungle to create a new life for her growing family a life immersed in the outdoors.
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Growing Green – Keep your eyes open for ticks

May 1, 2012 in Alexandria Echo Press

This early spring has brought more than just flowers. I found a tick on my cat and dog the other day. Yuck!
If you have been spending a lot of time outside on the beautiful days we have had lately, chances are you’ve also seen one of these pesky buggers. Continue Reading

SD Health official warns of tick-borne diseases

April 18, 2012 in The Daily Republic

PIERRE (AP) A South Dakota Health Department official says people heading outdoors should protect themselves from ticks and the diseases they can carry. Continue Reading

Balmy weather buzzkill: Early spring brings out the bugs

April 4, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Ticks and mosquitoes compete with over-stressed trees for attention this yearThe mild winter and early spring have kicked off an atypical growing season: It’s producing a bumper crop of unusual problems, including an outbreak of early-season ticks and mosquitoes and overstressed trees and gardens that could fall victim to ailments never before seen this far north. Continue Reading

Minn. health officials report early start to tick-borne disease season

April 4, 2012 in West Central Tribune

An early spring has led to an early start to the tick-borne disease season, Minnesota Department of Health officials said today.
They are urging the public to start taking precautions from ticks and the diseases they can carry. Continue Reading

Eastern North Dakota listed as ‘emerging risk’ region in Lyme disease study

February 3, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Researchers who spent three years dragging sheets of fabric through the woods to snag ticks have created a detailed map they claim could improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease. Continue Reading

Warmer winters bring tick-infested springs

January 21, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

If this exceptionally warm winter passes without an extended hard freeze, spring could bring an explosion of black-legged ticks, those tiny pests that transmit Lyme disease. That promises trouble for outdoors-loving Minnesotans already being diagnosed in record numbers with tick-borne illnesses. Continue Reading

New health risk from ticks is unique to Minnesota, Wisconsin

August 4, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., along with public health officials from both states are announcing the discovery today in the New England Journal of Medicine in hopes of raising awareness among doctors and patients. Continue Reading

Minnesota records first death from tick-borne Powassan virus

June 29, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

A woman in her 60s from northern Minnesota – the state hasn’t a more specific location – has died from a brain infection due to Powassan, or POW, virus, according to the North Dakota Department of Health. This is the first death in the state attributed to the disease. Continue Reading