Tick-borne illnesses are on the rise. Here’s how to protect yourself.

It’s tick season again, North America. As the weather warms and people move outside, the chances of encountering one of these blood-sucking arthropods increase. In fact, tick problems seem to be worse today than they were 50 to 60 years ago, experts told Live Science.

It’s worth being wary of; ticks cause at least 50,000 cases of disease in the US each year, and that’s just the diseases that are diagnosed and reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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