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

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

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

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