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Researchers move forward with shot to prevent Lyme disease

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(WKOW) -- Lyme Disease cripples hundreds of people in Wisconsin each year and now researchers are working on a shot to prevent the problem.

The Badger State is a hot spot for the tick-borne disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average number of cases has more than doubled over the last decade. In 2018, Wisconsin saw 1,121 cases.

Now researchers are looking for a way to prevent the spread of Lyme disease with medicine.

"You give the shot right at the beginning of the season," said Dr. Mark Klempner, a researcher from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. "Take the shot sometime in March or April and then we are anticipating that it would work for eight months."

The shot will enter the human testing phase this spring.

Monday on 27 News at 10, we explore what this shot could mean for you and your family ahead of tick season.

Rebecca Ribley

Wake Up Wisconsin Anchor

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