Fight the bite, tick season is here

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Updated: Fri, 23 May 2014 09:47:29 CST

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is warning you to fight the bite. Each spring, your risk for getting tick-borne diseases goes up.
Dr. Thomas Safranek is an epidemiologist. He says that while only a small percentage of tick bites lead to disease, those that do could be deadly. The most common place to run across a tick is in a grassy area, so make sure you have your insect repellant handy.

Dr. Safranek says wearing long pants and socks can help ward off the insect, but he encourages residents to do a tick check after returning from the outdoors. If you are bitten by a tick and you develop symptoms such as a skin rash or fever, you should seek medical attention.

There are three tick-borne diseases known to be present in Nebraska, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever.