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A Nasty Tick Attack Outside Boston Sends Crucial Spring Reminder

The weather-dependent blacklegged tick, also known as a deer tick, is the carrier of a host of ugly little bacteria. Photographer: Gordon Chibroski/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

The weather-dependent blacklegged tick, also known as a deer tick, is the carrier of a host of ugly little bacteria. Photographer: Gordon Chibroski/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

I became a weather statistic two weeks ago.

I didn’t freeze, the house didn’t flood, a piece of flying debris didn’t hit me on the head. I was bitten by a tick, which gave me Lyme disease and anaplasmosis.