Tick-borne illnesses growing among Illinois residents

McLEAN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois health officials say they’re seeing an increase in tick-borne illness among residents in the state. Department of Public Health entomologist Linn Haramis tells The Pantagraph that there were more than 40 confirmed cases in 2000. By 2010, the number increased to 200 cases. The provisional total for 2016 is nearly 350 cases. The full number is likely greater because the department only counts cases confirmed by testing.