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

It’s retail season again, North America. As the weather warms and people move outdoors, the chances of encountering a bloodsucking arthropod increase. In fact, tick problems today appear to be worse than they were 50 to 60 years ago, experts told Live Science.

It is worth being careful. Ticks cause at least 50,000 cases of disease in the United States each year, and these are just the diseases diagnosed and reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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