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Tick and Mosquito-Borne Diseases on the Rise

By Teresa Sheffield

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Health Department is advising people to take precautions against disease-carrying ticks and mosquitoes. The Department reports that the number of people infected with West Nile virus and tick-borne disease is on the rise in the area. Department spokesman, Jeff Hershberger says now is the time of year to be especially careful.

Hershberger: Basically it's coming up on the West Nile virus season as the summer progresses, and we're right now in the middle of the tick-borne illness season.

Hershberger also says people should wear layered clothing when in the woods, use repellants containing DEET, and change outdoor water containers like birdbaths once a week. Last year twenty nine people were infected with tick-borne diseases and twenty nine with West Nile virus in the Kansas City area.

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