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Deer ticks and dog ticks are shown above. From left in the top row are deer tick larvae, nymph and adult male and female ticks. Below are adult male, left, and female dog ticks. A poppy seed is pictured above on a metric ruler to show scale; a sesame seed is shown on the right. Photo courtesy patrick guilfoile

Minnesota high-risk for Lyme disease

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BEMIDJI - A record-high 1,293 cases of Lyme disease were reported in 2010 in Minnesota, where Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month.

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Minnesota is considered a high-risk state for Lyme disease, which is carried by the Eastern black-legged tick, or the deer tick. Ticks survive our harsh winters and become active when the temperature reaches 38 degrees.

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