OGLE COUNTY, Ill (WIFR) — The Ogle County Heath Department says it has investigated three cases of Lyme Disease this year. Now, with temperatures rising, the department wants to remind residents of the potential dangers that ticks can pose.
People get Lyme Disease when they are bitten by infected ticks. Black legged ticks are the primary carries of Lyme Disease in the Midwest. They are usually found in wooded areas because they need humidity to survive.
Lyme disease occurs when a tick is attached to a person for at least 48 hours. It can cause fevers, chills, rashes and joint pain. Rarely does it cause death.