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Tick-Borne Disease Specialist

Phone: (612) ***-****  
Email: d***@***.us
Local Address:  Minnesota , United States
Minnesota Department of Health
85 East 7Th Place
St. Paul , Minnesota 55164
United States

Company Description: The Minnesota Department of Health is the state's lead public health agency, responsible for protecting, maintaining and improving the health of all Minnesotans....   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Content and Project Advisor
    Disease Detectives


  • MS
  • degrees
    University of Minnesota
  • B.S. degree , Wildlife Management
  • M.S. degree , Environmental Health ( Public Health Biology )
  • M.S. degree , Environmental Health ( Public Health Biology
198 Total References
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It's a sentiment echoed by Minnesota ..., 22 Jan 2016 [cached]
It's a sentiment echoed by Minnesota Department of Health Epidemiologist Dave Neitzel.
"We're approaching a reality now where most of the wooded parts of the state have at least some populations of these black-legged ticks," Neitzel said.
In the 1990s, only nine of 87 Minnesota counties reported black-legged ticks to the CDC.
The new report shows that it skyrocketed to 45 counties in 2015, which is approximately half of the counties in the state.
Neitzel said black-legged ticks have expanded from east-central Minnesota to the north, northwestern and southeastern parts of the state, including wooded areas in Hennepin County.
"Within a few minutes of the office here [at the Minnesota Department of Health in St. Paul], I can find some black-legged ticks," Neitzel said.
Finding them on your body can be tough; the adult black-legged ticks grow as big as watermelon seeds, but the nymphs only grow to the size of a blood blister.
The dangerous part?
"We have not found a population of ticks that has been free of disease agents," Neitzel said.
"Any of these diseases can make ..., 19 May 2015 [cached]
"Any of these diseases can make people very ill and can have serious complications, so it's important to take steps to prevent them," said David Neitzel, a tick-borne disease specialist with MDH.
Major Funding | Disease Detectives, 16 June 2015 [cached]
David Neitzel, Minnesota Department of Health
"We think about climate change all ..., 5 Aug 2009 [cached]
"We think about climate change all the time," said David Neitzel, a Minnesota department expert in insect-borne diseases. With climate change, he said, "there is going to be a change in all the diseases we work on."
Neitzel said he's seen it personally on his property in Becker County.
"I've been stomping around up there since the early 1970s, but in just the last few years we're seeing black-legged ticks up there," he said. Deer ticks are also known as black-legged ticks.
To cite an example, Neitzel said, when timber companies cut down an older section of a forest the new growth is better for ticks.
Dave Neitzel is an ..., 19 June 2007 [cached]
Dave Neitzel is an epidemiologist with the Minnesota Health Department.He fears the number will increase because the tiny deer ticks that spread it continue to expand their range north and west, and more people are moving to tick country.He says the highest-risk part of the state is east-central Minnesota.
(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.All Rights Reserved.)
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