Doctors And Vets Warn About Increase In Ticks This Summer

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Doctors and veterinarians are warning South Carolina residents to protect themselves and their pets from ticks.

About 50 cases of tick-borne diseases have been reported in pets around Greenville County this year. Vets say they've seen an increase in the insects over the past few months.

Doctors say a tick must be imbedded into the skin for at least a full day before Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain Fever can be transferred. They recommend covering up when you go outside and checking yourself for ticks.

 Veterinarians recommend getting a tick medication for animals because heartworm prevention doesn't stave off the little bloodsuckers.


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