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Tick Diseases Rates Soar

Jennifer Smith

Posted on November 15 2018

We know that tick species and tick diseases are a problem; but how bad is bad? According to the CDC, Lyme Disease cases reported an all-time high for the United States. "Nearly 60,000 people were diagnosed with a tick-borne infection, mostly Lyme disease, in 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. And that’s almost certainly just a fraction of the true count."

“The true number of cases is probably 10 times that,” said Dr. John Aucott, director of the Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Research Center and chair of the federal Tick-Borne Disease Working Group.

Lyme is the most common tick disease in the United States, affecting around 300,000 individuals each year. The symptoms are similar to the flu, or common cold; and are sometime misdiagnosed. 
To protect family members and pets from the risk of tick diseases, it is encouraged to check for ticks on the skin and underneath pet's fur. If a tick is detected, remove it immediately with tick removal tools. Do not pinch the tick or burn it off the skin! Click here for tick disease prevention tips.