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Hoosiers need to protect themselves from tick diseases

 The Indiana state health commissioner wants Hoosiers to watch out. They're saying ticks are in full force this year, and you need to protect yourself because they can transmit illnesses.

Last year, Indiana saw more than 120 confirmed cases of tick-borne diseases including 101 of Lyme disease and 2 of Rocky Mountain spotted fever. All ticks should be considered capable of transmitting diseases. To prevent a tick bite, it's recommended that if you enter a grassy or wooded area, you should wear a long-sleeved shirt and light-colored pants. The shirt should be tucked in, and pants should be tucked away into socks. Repellents containing DEET or picaridin is also recommended.

Doctors say if you become sick after finding an attached tick, don't wait, see a medical provider immediately. Tick-borne diseases can be successfully treated with antibiotics.

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