UW-Eau Claire study: more ticks carrying lyme disease

Published On: Oct 22 2013 11:32:38 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 22 2013 11:41:24 PM CDT
Lyme Disease Spread
LA CROSSE, WI -

More and more ticks are carrying Lyme disease increasing the risk of its spread in Wisconsin. That's according to a study out of UW-Eau Claire.

Researchers found that 35% of adult female ticks carry the disease. That number is as high as 67% in some counties.

The study focused on females since they are the primary reason humans get the disease.

A local expert is happy to see university research supporting what they've been saying. "In an area like ours, in this region where we have such high tick activity, in so many places, that people just have to take steps to protect themselves," said La Crosse Co. Vector Control Manager Dave Geske.

Good protection methods include using repellents, avoiding tall vegetation, and checking yourself after going outdoors.