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Old 08-26-2018, 01:51 PM
 
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Hey folks. I may have an opportunity to relocate to MSP with my job, as they're needing someone with my skills in our main office up there. However, coming from the south, I've never had to deal with Lyme stuff, nor ever even think twice about it. is it as bad up there as some people make it out to be?


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Old 08-26-2018, 02:11 PM
 
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Hey folks. I may have an opportunity to relocate to MSP with my job, as they're needing someone with my skills in our main office up there. However, coming from the south, I've never had to deal with Lyme stuff, nor ever even think twice about it. is it as bad up there as some people make it out to be?

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The most recent year for which data is available from the CDC is 2016, which shows 1304 confirmed and 822 probable cases of Lyme disease in Minnesota. The state's population is 5.8 million. Thus, on a statewide basis, your odds of contracting Lyme disease are about 1 in 2700 per year. Note also that the odds of contracting Lyme disease are greater in heavily forested areas. For example, Hennepin County (ie, Minneapolis) has approximately 6x the population of St. Louis County (which stretches from Duluth to the Canadian border) yet has less than 3x the number of Lyme disease cases since the year 2000. So the statewide chances of contraction will be greater than the chances of contraction in the metro area.

https://www.tickcheck.com/stats/state/minnesota/lyme
https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/stats/tables.html

I spend a fair amount of time hiking in the woods and, frankly, I hardly ever give it a thought.
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Old 08-26-2018, 03:32 PM
 
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I spend a LOT of time outdoors in the summer months, in grassy yards, walking paths, state parks and trails, and I've not seen a tick in over 5 years. That tick I did see ~5 years ago was a big dog tick on my dog's ear. Removed it, disposed of it, and that was it. Prior to that, had not seen a tick in several years.
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Old 08-26-2018, 10:15 PM
 
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Don't Minnesota's cold winters do a good job keeping them in check?
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Old 08-27-2018, 07:07 AM
 
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Thanks everyone for the replies. It's good to know. The way the news portrays it, makes it sound much worse. Same way they do that down here every year with West Nile. Literally never think twice about it, but they make it sound like half the population is about to be wiped out.
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Old 08-28-2018, 09:23 AM
 
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"The way the news portrays it"? I don't think I've heard a story about a "Lyme disease epidemic" in the news, ever. It's not really a thing people worry about. At all.

I've lived in Minnesota my entire life and spend a lot of time outdoors. I've never even seen a deer tick.

If you're deathly afraid of contracting Lyme disease (which is exceptionally rare), you might as well just dig a doomsday bunker and stay there forever, lol.
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Old 08-28-2018, 10:40 AM
 
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Weeeeell, I mean, I had heard about it once, then googled it just to see. So perhaps I should have said, the way the internet slants it. Because there is no shortage of news coverage when you google it. Which is why I wanted to come here to just make sure! From the first page of a simple google of "Lyme Disease Minnesota"

https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2018/...-lyme-disease/
https://www.healthpartners.com/hp/he...minnesota.html
https://www.minnpost.com/health/2018...ilure-last-one
https://www.tickcheck.com/stats/state/minnesota/lyme (224,000 suspected cases in the last 10 years)

Like I said, just wanted to hear from some actual folks on the ground if it was really that bad. And like I also said, they say the exact same type of stuff around here every year concerning West Nile, and I literally don't think twice about it when I'm outdoors. Heck I rarely even put on bugspray, even in mosquito season.
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Old 08-28-2018, 11:02 AM
 
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Weeeeell, I mean, I had heard about it once, then googled it just to see. So perhaps I should have said, the way the internet slants it. Because there is no shortage of news coverage when you google it. Which is why I wanted to come here to just make sure! From the first page of a simple google of "Lyme Disease Minnesota"

https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2018/...-lyme-disease/
https://www.healthpartners.com/hp/he...minnesota.html
https://www.minnpost.com/health/2018...ilure-last-one
https://www.tickcheck.com/stats/state/minnesota/lyme (224,000 suspected cases in the last 10 years)

Like I said, just wanted to hear from some actual folks on the ground if it was really that bad. And like I also said, they say the exact same type of stuff around here every year concerning West Nile, and I literally don't think twice about it when I'm outdoors. Heck I rarely even put on bugspray, even in mosquito season.
Though it is an epidemic by CDC standards and the Upper Midwest along with New England account for about 90% of cases, it is not completely absent from the South. That being said, the odds of you or your family getting it are low, particularly if you follow simple preventative measures when going out in wooded areas.

Yearly incidence rate is 20.5 per 100,000 people in Minnesota.

https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/stats/tables.html
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Old 09-16-2018, 09:51 PM
 
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Been here most of my life having never interacted with anyone who's life has been altered by Lymes disease...
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Old 09-17-2018, 05:17 AM
 
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I would never let that keep me from moving to the state. That said, my son did get Lyme's (we caught it right away so very minimal effects) and I personally know of 2 people who got Lyme's when younger and deal with symptoms today. Like I said, just take precautions, wear bug spray when in think woods or high grass, and do tick checks. You'll be fine!
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