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Early warm weather means an early tick season in MN Warm early spring weather has brought out ticks earlier than usual in many regions of Minnesota earlier than usual. The Minnesota Departrnent of Health (MDH) urges anyone heading outdoors in Minnesota this spring and early summer to use tick repellents and other measures to prevent Lyme dis- ease and other serious diseases trans- mitted by ticks. The most commonly reported tick- borne diseases in Minnesota are Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and babesiosis. Several other tick-borne diseases are rare in Minnesota but have been de- tected in the state more frequently in recent years. These include Powassan disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF), ehrlichiosis, and tularemia. All of these diseases can be severe. While the peak of the tick-transmit- ted disease season is typically from mid-May through mid-July, coinciding with the feeding of the tiny nymph stage of the blacklegged tick (also called deer tick), other ticks are feed- ing now and can also transmit disease. "Tick repellent is the best defense for anyone spending time in wooded, brushy, or grassy parts of the state," urged Dave Neitzel, an epidemiologist specializing in tick-transmitted dis- eases at MDH. Neitzel emphasized that it is impor- tant to use repellents containing one of the following active ingredients: DEET: Repellents containing up to 30 percent DEET can be used on the skin or clothing. Lower concentrations can be used but might need to be ap- plied more frequently. Permethrin: These repellents are only applied to clothing, and are highly effective even after treated clothing has been washed. Since ticks climb up from the ground, focus repellent use below the waistline. Also, wear tong pants and light-colored clothing to spot ticks more easily, and walk in the center of trails. After returning from outdoor ac- tivities, check your body carefully for ticks and promptly remove any that are found. These precautions are most im- portant during the late spring, early summer, and fall, when ticks are active. Several tick species carry diseases in Minnesota. The biggest concern is the blacklegged tick, which can carry Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, babesio- sis, and Powassan disease. Blacklegged ticks are most common in hardwood or mixed hardwood forests of east-cen- tral, north-central, and southeast Min- nesota. Over the past few years, they have appeared to expand their range into forested parts of west-central, northwest, and northeast Minnesota. The ticks also are common in wooded areas of Wisconsin and northeastern states. Blacklegged ticks are most ac- tive from April through October. "Adult blacklegged ticks started feeding as soon as the snow melted and temperatures were above freezing," said Neitzel. Record numbers of disease cases from blacklegged ticks have been re- ported in Minnesota in recent years. Since 2004, an average of about 1,000 cases of Lyme disease has been re- ported to MDH each year, twice the av- erage annual number from 1999 to 2003. Numbers of anaplasmosis and babesiosis cases are smaller but also have risen dramatically, to about 300 anaplasmosis and 30 babesiosis cases in each of the last three years. In addi- tion, the first three cases of Powassan encephalitis ever reported in Minnesota occurred within the last 2 years. A different tick species, the Ameri- can dog tick (sometimes called "wood tick") can carry Rocky Mountain spot- ted fever and tularemia in Minnesota. American dog ticks, while usually just nuisance biters, can cause disease in Minnesota and are also active through- out the spring and early summer. These pests are found throughout the state in both wooded and grassy areas. Ameri- can dog tick bites have led to only small numbers of Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia cases in re- cent years in Minnesota, but both dis- eases can be very severe. Last summer, a Dakota County child with no history of travel outside Minnesota died from Rocky Mountain spotted fever. In addition, very small numbers of Lone star ticks have been found in Minnesota in recent years. Lone star ticks are common in southern states, where they can carry ehrlichiosis (a disease related to anaplasmosis). While it can be difficult to tell ticks apart, blacklegged ticks are smaller and darker in color than American dog ticks. They also lack the American dog tick's characteristic white markings, and the back end of the female black- legged tick is reddish-orange in ap- pearance. The adult female Lone star tick has a distinct white spot in the very middle of her back. Tick-borne diseases of concern in Minnesota often have similar signs and symptoms. People who have these dis- eases might feel like they have "the flu" and experience symptoms such as fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, joint pain, or fatigue. These symptoms typically develop within a few days to a few weeks after the bite of an in- fected tick. Some of these diseases also can in- volve a rash or skin sore. People with Lyme disease often notice a large, ex- panding red mark, which typically ap- pears between 3 and 30 days after an infectious tick bite and often develops a "bulls-eye" appearance as it grows in size. Not everyone with Lyme disease develops this rash. In contrast, patients with Rocky Mountain spotted fever often have a rash appearing as tiny spots on the extremities and spreading to the rest of the body. Tularemia pa- tients often have an ulcerated sore (usually at the site of the tick bite). Other signs and symptoms can also be present. Untreated Lyme disease can develop into joint swelling, heart prob- lems, or nervous system problems such as partial facial drooping. Severe in- fection with Powassan virus, which is related to West Nile virus, may lead to swelling of the brain or brain lining with signs of weakness, confusion, loss of coordination, speech difficulties, and memory loss. Any of these dis- eases can potentially be severe and re- sult in hospitalization or, in some cases, death. People who develop signs or symp- toms of a tick-related illness after spending time in blacklegged tick habi- tat should see a physician right away, even if they don't remember getting a tick bite. Powassan disease has no spe- cific treatment, but physicians can offer supportive care. The other tick-borne diseases of concern in Minnesota are treatable. Early diagnosis and treat- ment are important in preventing se- vere illness. Some people develop two or more of these diseases from the same tick bite. More information about Min- nesota's tick-borne diseases is avail- able on the MDH Web site (http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/ide pc/dtopics/tickborne/index.html) or by calling MDH at 651-201-5414. (00O9) SAVE: $3,452 2010 Dodge Avenger SXT Jr. Caravan SXT A NICE CATCH for Isaac Brown, 3, son of Marty and Rachelle Brown of Ortonville last Sunday. Isaac was fishing off his grandparent's, Neal and Rosemary Brown's dock when he landedhis fish. 2010 Chrysler Sebring Touring Purclase a Vehtele In 2010 d get  :ance to ree 100% OF:THE " :BEST PRICE BACK! AT THE END OF THE YEAI To rap   w  a KST PRICE GUARMtTEE iF WE CANer BEAT THE PRICE OF AN OF OUR COMIETiTOR$, WE'LL YOU A CHECK FOR $N YOU PURCHASE A NEW VEHiCLEi www.watertownfordchrysler.com 1600 9th Ave. SE, E. 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She is currently an at home mom. Both Chuck and Cassey have relatives residing in their respective home towns. The couple keeps busy with their chil- dren, Brooke, 7, and Aubrey, 9 months. Cassey helped coach Summer Rec T-ball and also helps coach youth soccer in Milbank, SD. She also will be helping with Girls Scouts next year. Brooke was active in Youth Bowling through Alley Cat Lanes in Ortonville and participated in some tour- naments as well. She is also involved with the Awana's in Ortonville. Chuck enjoys throwing darts, hunting, fishing, demolition derby's and enduro rac- ing. He has either attended or participated in many demolition derby's in the area. Cassey stated that as a family, they like to fish and take the kids camping whenever they get a chance. "We really like the Big Stone Lake Area," said Cassey. "It's nice to have a lake so close where we can all go out and spend the day fishing and camping. And with Brooke active in many events it is fun to watch her compete." 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