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Published June 02, 2013, 10:40 AM

Health officials caution about ticks, hantavirus

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State health officials are cautioning North Dakotans to guard themselves against ticks and hantavirus disease as the weather warms and they begin spending more time outdoors.

By: Associated Press, Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State health officials are cautioning North Dakotans to guard themselves against ticks and hantavirus disease as the weather warms and they begin spending more time outdoors.

Health Department Epidemiologist Alicia Lepp says tick-borne diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease can be prevented through basic precautions, such as wearing long pants and applying insect repellent.

Hantavirus is a disease transmitted by infected mice. Epidemiologist Michelle Feist says people who are cleaning cabins or other buildings that have been closed up for the winter should protect themselves by properly ventilating the space being cleaned, wearing gloves and using disinfectant.

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