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Officials warn against ticks, Lyme disease

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Health officials in Lake County are warning people to take precautions against Lyme disease as warmer weather arrives.

Health officials warn there could be a surge in the number of Lyme disease cases again this year in the northern U.S.

Although that part of the country endured a long, cold winter – experts say the tick population is still thriving.

The number of Lyme disease cases has held steady over the last few years.

But northern New England has seen an increase.

Last year there were nearly 1,400 Lyme disease cases in Maine – the highest since that state started tracking cases in the mid 1990s.

The bacterial illness can affect the heart, joints and nervous system if untreated.

Health experts predict tick-related illnesses will spike this spring, summer and fall in many parts of the country.