MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It looks like the deer tick season has arrived early this year — along with the diseases it causes.

More than 15,000 cases of tick-borne diseases have been reported in Minnesota over the past 25 years, the majority in June, July and August.

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Dr. David Hilden of Hennepin County Medical Center is already seeing cases.

“If you get fevers, aches and really bad fatigue after you’ve been out fishing or in the woods — that could be one of these tick-borne diseases. I’ve seen several cases already this year and it’s only May,” said Hilden.

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Many of the illnesses are cases of Lyme disease but ticks can also cause other sicknesses such as Human Anaplasmosis.

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Such diseases are treatable with antibiotics. Exposure to the ticks can be limited by wearing long pants when hiking and using insect repellents with the ingredient DEET.