More ticks present in Antrim, Kalkaska counties

Linda Gallagher, Associate Editor

REGION – With the onset of warmer spring and summer weather after a relatively mild winter, pet owners and outdoor enthusiasts in Antrim and Kalkaska counties are finding more and more ticks present on both their pets and themselves.

Tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease, are also being diagnosed more often in this part of the state, according to health authorities. Although several different kinds of ticks that carry disease are being reported as present in portions of both Antrim and Kalkaska counties, most Lyme disease is diagnosed after the patient has been bitten by a blacklegged tick-also known as a deer tick.

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