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Health department issues tick safety tips amid rising activity.

Health department issues tick safety tips amid rising activity.

LIVINGSTON COUNTY — The season of walks through the woods and afternoons at the dog park is in full swing and with that, unfortunately, comes ticks. 

Tick Awareness in Livingston County

The Livingston County Health Department has been placing an emphasis on educating the public about ticks for the last couple of years. The county is known to have a risk of Lyme disease, according to a map from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Heather Blair, director of environmental health at LCHD, said that with the increased education, the department has had increased surveillance, which may be part of the reason there seems to be an increase in ticks this season.

Ticks are small, when compared to the head of a pin, but tick bites can cause major health issues in human beings.

Reasons for Increased Tick Activity

“I would say there’s definitely an increase in the amount of (tick) activity, it could be due to a variety of things,” Blair said. “It could be due to the education, we’ve done a lot more public education regarding ticks in the area and Lyme disease. So people (have) just become more aware of such.

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