It’s something that may not be on your mind now, but it could change your life forever if you’re bitten by one; ticks.
With snow and cold, ticks may be the last thing on your mind, but one Minnesota outdoorsman is making it his mission to travel the nation and raise awareness about a life-altering condition and you may just recognize him.
Babe Winkelman is a hunting and fishing icon hailing from Baxter, Minnesota.
Whether you grew up watching “Good Fishing” or “Outdoor Secrets” TV shows, he’s shared many tips. Now, he’s back, sharing something that he says will save lives.
“It’s a tick-borne epidemic that I’m talking about. Most folks have heard about Lyme, they don’t necessarily know what it is, they know it’s spread by a tick,” said Winkelman.
Winkelman says many don’t realize that ticks are a very real threat.
“It’s not people who hunt and fish that are getting that. It’s a major epidemic in cities,” said Winkelman.
The CDC says over 30,000 people diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, but many go unreported.
The signs and symptoms include horrible joint pain, headaches, fatigue and memory loss, which are reflected in a lot of illnesses. It can be fatal in one of ten patients.
“The medical community hasn’t really been trained in it and the CDC isn’t doing a heck of a lot about it, either,” said Winkelman.
Three of his daughters battled Lyme, and Winkelman overcame it three times himself. And in the coming weeks, Babe Winkelman says he is heading to New York to appear on national networks to keep warning others about Lyme disease.