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DPHHS official offers tips for tick removal, prevention

Earlier this month, the Three Rivers Medical Clinic in Three Forks reported encountering a handful of embedded ticks.

Montana DPHHS Communications Officer Holly Matkin recently shared tips for area residents about tick removal and prevention.

Matkin said if someone finds a tick, they should first remove it as quickly and safely as possible.

"The longer a tick is embedded, the higher risk you are for developing a tickborne illness if that tick is infected –it gives the infection more time to transmit. Additionally, jostling the tick around too much or ripping it off without also removing the em...