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New Hampshire's Catholic Medical Center is distributing color wristbands to help children learn how to avoid potentially dangerous ticks.

Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas is proclaiming this week "Tick Awareness Week" in the city. He'll join hospital officials and the city's public health director on Monday to accept a box of the wristbands to distribute to families.

The wristbands feature images of ticks, which can cause Lyme disease.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Tick season is back, and so is another year of mostly preventable cases of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

While blacklegged ticks – also called deer ticks – will be active until the fall, from now until July is when the nymphs, or young ones, are most active. Nymphs are tiny and hard to find, which makes the risk to contract Lyme, babesiosis and anaplasmosis highest starting right now.

But more dangerous than the diseases themselves, says Alan Eaton, an entomologist with UNH, is the lack of public awareness about these illnesses.