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Ohio saw record number of Lyme disease cases reported last year

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — A big warm-up is on the way Wednesday and you may be making any excuse to get outside to enjoy it.

Even this time of year you need to be on the lookout for ticks.

Experts say they are active on unseasonably warm days. And a type that carries Lyme disease is expanding across the state. Last year was a record year for new cases of the disease.

“Believe it or not, you can encounter a tick just about any day that you are outside here in Ohio,” said Timothy McDermott, an agriculture and natural resources educator.

Experts say there’s one particular tick of concern — the blacklegged tick — that can be active any time temperatures are above freezing.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, Lyme Disease cases are increasing across the state as the blacklegged tick population expands.

And we saw a record number of cases last year — 582. Compare that to 67 — ten years ago.

We asked — is it because we’re getting better at diagnosing them? Or is it because the ticks are expanding?

“It’s a little bit of all of that,” said McDermott. “We are getting better at our diagnostics, and we have better tests now than we had 10 years ago.”

But those 582 cases reported last year might not be the full picture.


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