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Scores of Rocky Mountain spotted fever cases reported in Lincoln Trail area; awaiting confirmation

Rocky Mountain spotted fever, the main tick-borne disease in Kentucky, has affected scores of people in the area served by the Elizabethtown-based Lincoln Trail District Health Department. The six-county department “has investigated a total 79 cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever for June in the district, which comprises Har­din, Meade, LaRue, Nel­son, Washington and Mar­ion counties,”...

Tick season is expected to be more dangerous this year; here are some tips to keep you protected

Warm weather and outdoor activities go hand in hand, but it also mean tick season is upon us — and it’s expected to be a bad one this year because the winter was so mild. Tick season in Kentucky runs through August. The lone star tick and the American dog tick are the most common ticks in Kentucky, and are commonly found in wooded or grassy areas. The dog tick can transmit Rocky Mountain...