More deer ticks mean more Lyme disease cases but that’s not all you need to worry about. UW Entomologist Susan Paskewitz, says climbing number of Lyme Disease cases is tied to an increased deer tick population. But that is not all the ticks can carry. Although a doctor may give you a clean bill of health on a Lyme test, she advises you ask about other pathogens the insects may carry. An example would be anaplasma which may lead to flu like symptoms.
The Wisconsin Health Department is reporting 2,028 cases of Lyme Disease occurring in the state last year, the highest amount ever. Numbers show a steady increase since they began tracking the disease decades ago.