By Paul Schmitt
With the possible increase of the tick population this season in the area and more people enjoying the great outdoors this summer, people are being warned to protect themselves. Ticks can spread Lyme disease as well as other viruses. Rhonda Kolberg, director health officer for Door County Public Health Department says prevention is your best bet against the ticks when you head outside.
Kolberg says you should perform daily tick checks and to bathe immediately after being outdoors for any extended time. Putting clothing in the hot tumble dry cycle of your dryer for ten minutes will kill ticks as well. No cases of Lyme disease have been reported in Door County this year and that only four cases were reported in 2015 compared to nine cases in 2010, according to Kolberg. You can find information on symptoms of tick-borne illnesses and what to do if a tick bites you with this story online.