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

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

It pays to be careful; Ticks cause at least 50,000 cases of illness in the US each year, and those are just the illnesses that are diagnosed and reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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