Bacteria spread by tick and deer fly bites as well as through contact with rodents, dead or alive, is causing concern. Nebraska State Epidemiologist Dr. Tom Sefranek says there have been six cases of tularemia in the state so far this year.
Dr. Sefranek says they carry a bacteria that gets into ones system and can cause a skin ulcer, spread through the body and infect the lymph nodes and other internal organs. He says tularemia can make a person quite ill and in some cases is deadly.
He says prevention is the best measure to take and recommends wearing insect repellant when outdoors and wearing long sleeves and pants in wooded tick prone areas. He says it is very important to do checks for ticks every so often and remove them as soon as possible. That reduces the risk of the bacteria getting into ones system. He says there have been cases of lawn care professionals coming into contact with dead rodents and have contracted tularemia as well.