If you are heading out into the woods for a walk for with the family this weekend, experts say you should be on guard for ticks.
The Centers for Disease Control says there has been a jump in the number of tick borne diseases.
The most well-known is Lyme Disease.
Each year approximately 30,000 cases of Lyme Disease are reported to the CDC by state health departments.
The CDC also reports seven new tick-borne viruses have been discovered over the last decade.
The information is causing people who spend time outdoors to take notice.
“That is something I’ve heard is that we are having real bad ticks and that is scary,” said Allison Simunic, who is planning on hiking with her friends this summer.
Symptoms of Lyme Disease include:
- A rash that resembles a bullseye
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