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Health Fusion: An expert's advice on how to deal with ticks, emerging diseases

Ticks are expanding their realm and showing up in new places. In this episode of NewsMD's Health Fusion, Viv Williams talks to a leading tick researcher about pathogens discovered in her lab that could be issues for humans and how to handle the creatures when you have a close encounter.

Ticks love humid weather. If you're in an area that's been hot and dry, you might see fewer of them. But don't let your guard down. Ticks will emerge from their lairs when humidity rises and tick season lasts until the snow flies.

Ticks that carry Lyme disease continue to be a problem in many areas of the country. And researchers are finding other pathogens that could pose additional risks to humans.

"There are others that are really quite serious. Potentially fatal, even," says Dr. Bobbi Pritt , director of the Clinical Parasitology Laboratory at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Join Pritt as she discusses discoveries made in her lab and does a little myth-busting about ticks. Plus, she offers practical tips about how to avoid ticks and what you should do if one bites you.

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For comments or other podcast episode ideas, email Viv Williams at vwilliams@newsmd.com . Or on Twitter/Instagram/FB @vivwilliamstv.

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