Wis. health officials warn hunters about ticks

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — With some deer hunting seasons already starting, Wisconsin health officials are warning hunters to be on the lookout for deer ticks.

According to the state Department of Health Services, the risk of acquiring a tickborne illness is highest from spring through summer when ticks are most active. But officials say people should still be concerned into late autumn, especially if the weather is warm.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison found significantly larger populations of ticks in the north, central, and eastern regions of the state this year.

So far, five tickborne diseases have been identified in Wisconsin, including Lyme disease. The state recommends using tick repellents, wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants and checking your body frequently for ticks.

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