While it’s nice to imagine that Wisconsin might catch a break this year because of the brutal winter, no such luck.
The extreme cold and snowfall harmed some insect populations, but not ticks. All of the snow acted as a blanket and ticks were well insulated instead of killed.
You can take steps to prevent infection.
If people take measures to avoid infection, they’ll have less to worry about.
Steve Callister, a senior research scientist at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, said people should “use insect repellent with DEET, do tick checks, and shower” if they've been camping or in a wooded area for an extended amount of time.
You shouldn't wait to get treatment.
The best thing those with symptoms of Lyme disease can do is to seek treatment right away, which is usually an antibiotic.
According to Dr. David McNamara, an infectious disease specialist at Gundersen Health System, “treatment is extremely effective.”
Symptoms can include headache, fever and joint pain. If the disease goes untreated, joints such as the elbow and the knee can become big, red, hot, and swollen.
Correction: The original version of this story included an image of a lone star tick. That species isn't a carrier of Lyme disease. We regret this error.