These 10 Minnesota Counties Have The Most Confirmed Cases Of Lyme Disease
Ticks are gross, dangerous, and back in season. Unfortunately, as soon as the snow melts, the ticks come out. Most of Minnesota is considered a high-risk area for tick-borne illnesses. There are several kinds of diseases you can get from ticks, but the big one people fear is Lyme Disease.
Cases of Lyme Disease Tripled In 20 Years In Minnesota
Tickcheck.com gathered statistics from 2000-2020. The average for the first few years from 2000-2005 was around 700 cases a year. From 2015-2020 the average was around 2100 cases. That's a huge increase.
What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. It's transmitted through the bite of an infected black-legged tick. The CDC says symptoms include the following:
- Muscle and joint aches
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Rash as seen below
Is Lyme Disease Treatable?
Early diagnosis is very important for this disease. An antibiotic treatment would be prescribed. This is the best way to prevent severe, late Lyme Disease. Still, after treatment, some people still suffer persistent symptoms long afterward that include pain, fatigue, and difficulty with thinking.
So what counties have the most confirmed cases of Lyme Disease in Minnesota? Let's take a look at the top 10.
Minnesota Counties With The Most Reported Lyme's Disease Cases
States with the most registered hunters