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Minnesota Department of Health
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The Minnesota Department of Health is the state's lead public health agency, responsible for protecting, maintaining and improving the health of all Minnesotans. The department operates programs in disease prevention and control, health promotion, communi
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Because mosquitos can't travel far from ...
Because mosquitos can't travel far from stagnant water, their control is relatively easy, said Dave Neitzel, supervisor for the vector-borne disease unit at MDH.
On average, between one and six cases of La Crosse are reported in the state annually, according to MDH.
Since 1991, there have been 16 occasions where a mosquito thought to carry the Zika virus has been located in Minnesota, Neitzel said.
On each occasion, the bugs have died out in the winter, but Neitzel said it's important to take steps to prevent them from settling in Minnesota.
"Since we don't have those mosquitos established here, the risk of Zika virus transmission locally appears to be pretty small at this point," Neitzel said.
"A little bit of container removal ...
"A little bit of container removal work right now can go a long way to protect your family this summer," said Dave Neitzel, MDH Vectorborne Disease Epidemiologist.
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"We're approaching the peak time of ...
"We're approaching the peak time of year for Lyme disease, when the risk of being exposed to the illness is greatest," said David Neitzel, an MDH epidemiologist specializing in diseases carried by ticks and mosquitoes.
If you do develop signs or symptoms of a tick-related illness, you should see a physician right away, Neitzel
Only 1 percent to 4 percent ...
Only 1 percent to 4 percent carry B. mayonii, said Dave Neitzel, the supervisor of the vector-borne disease unit at the Minnesota Department of Health.
"This is just another great reason to protect yourself against ticks," he
To protect against tick-borne illnesses, people should wear repellents and check their skin for black specks after spending time outdoors, particularly in wooded areas and during the late spring and early summer months when nymphs are present.
The nymphs are smaller than the adults and easier to miss on the skin, Neitzel