Deer ticks turn up in east Nebraska; can carry Lyme disease

June 26, 2019 GMT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Health officials say deer ticks that can carry Lyme disease have turned up for the first time in eastern Nebraska.

State health officials said Tuesday that lab tests are being done to determine whether the deer ticks collected carry the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. The ticks were found in Douglas, Sarpy and Saunders counties.

Lyme disease can cause fever, headache, fatigue and a skin rash. Health officials say most people recover completely, although some may be left with joint pain that can be treated with medication.

Nebraska health officials have yet to confirm any cases of Lyme disease originating in the state.