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WATCH: Scientist demonstrates proper way to remove an embedded tick

What's the best way to remove an embedded tick?

Tick season has arrived in Michigan - and that's not a good thing.

Although ticks can spread multiple illnesses, Lyme disease is the most commonly reported tick-borne disease in Michigan. Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted by the blacklegged/deer tick. 

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The blacklegged tick is well-established in Michigan’s western Upper and Lower Peninsulas. However, it is expanding into new areas across the Lower Peninsula. In 2017, there were more than 300 human cases of Lyme disease reported, and approximately two out of three cases reported exposure in Michigan.

More: Tick season in Michigan: How to stay safe as lyme disease risk spreads east

Local 4's Paula Tutman shows us the best way to remove an embedded tick safely in the video player above.


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