Ticks with the Lyme disease parasite

The concentration of black-legged ticks carrying parasites that can cause Lyme diseases in humans is higher in northern Indiana, including Elkhart County, than in most of the state.

Indiana health officials are urging Hoosiers to protect themselves from tick bites and mosquitoes as warmer weather increases tick activity.

Indiana State Department of Health entomologists have found the black-legged tick, which can carry pathogens that cause Lyme disease, babesiosis and other diseases, in all but three Indiana counties. The tick is considered to be established in Elkhart County and all neighboring Indiana counties.

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