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Western Nebraska man dies from tick-borne disease

The threat of ticks is on that rise now that summer is in full swing and more people  are spending time outdoors. But experts warn that Lyme disease and COVID-19 symptoms are similar.
The threat of ticks is on that rise now that summer is in full swing and more people are spending time outdoors. But experts warn that Lyme disease and COVID-19 symptoms are similar.(WIFR)
Published: Sep. 4, 2020 at 1:55 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska health officials have confirmed the death of a western Nebraska man from Rocky Mountain spotted fever, a disease carried by ticks. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says the man died this year — the first death from the disease in five years. Officials declined to name the man, citing privacy policy, but say he was in his 60s and lived in the West Central District Health Department, which includes Arthur, Hooker, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson and Thomas counties. The department says it has seen an increase in reports of tick-borne diseases this year.

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