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

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

It pays to be cautious; Ticks cause at least 50,000 cases of the disease in the United States each year, and these are just the diseases that are diagnosed and reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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