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Health officials warn of increased tick activity in Indiana




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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – US health officials say warmer temperatures increase tick activity, and they encourage Hoosiers to protect themselves from tick bites.

The US Department of Health said Friday that field specimens were recently taken from adults and immature ticks carrying the bacterium that causes Lyme disease in several countries, particularly in the northern, western and southern central parts of the state.

Maps with tick infection data are available online.

She says ticks can spread to other diseases, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

The department says people could reduce the risk of tick bites by wearing long-sleeved shirts and light trousers while in grassy or wooded areas, using insect repellent and frequent outdoor tick-checks.

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