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More cases than usual seen of Colorado tick fever in Montana


An apparent increase in ticks has led to an increase in a tick-spread disease in Montana.

Montana has seen a rise in confirmed cases of Colorado tick fever virus with at least nine cases this year compared to most years, which usually only see one or even none.

Dr. Kevin Harada at Northern Montana Health Care said this uptick in cases appears to be the result of a particularly intense tick season.

“I can’t really explain why there would be an uptick in Colorado tick fever other than the ticks themselves being more prevalent,” Harada said.

He said the fact that more people are gett...

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