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Last winter’s heavy snowfall across Minnesota likely helped the survival of ticks that can carry disease, prompting state health officials today to urge precautions against tick bites.

Minnesota’s blacklegged ticks (also called deer ticks) were likely insulated from cold winter temperatures by deep snow in the wooded and brushy areas where the ticks are found, said David Neitzel, a tick-borne disease specialist with the Minnesota Department of Health.

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