Spring is here, and state health officials are urging Hoosiers to protect themselves from ticks while they are enjoying the outdoors. Ticks are small, insect-like creatures that are found throughout Indiana in grassy and wooded areas. Ticks can transmit a variety of infectious diseases, including Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. In 2015, Indiana reported almost 200 cases of tick-borne infectious diseases. If a person does become ill after finding an attached tick, he or she should see a medical provider immediately. Tick-borne diseases can all be successfully treated with antibiotics, and prompt diagnosis can help prevent complications.