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Spring Weather Means Return Of Tick-Borne Disease

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Tick-Borne Disease

As South Dakotans head outdoors in the spring weather, state officials remind them of the need to take precautions against tick-borne disease.

"Every year we have reports of tick-borne diseases such as tularemia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease," said Dr. Lon Kightlinger, State Epidemiologist. "The good news is that ticks typically need to be attached for several hours for infection to occur. That means you can reduce your risk when you