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Experts predict bad year for ticks

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ALBANY, NY - Experts predict that 2012 will be a bad year for ticks and Lyme disease.

Ticks have an early start this year due to warmer temperatures.

Professor of Natural Resources at Cornell University Paul Curtis says that warm temperatures have caused an early start to tick season and explains it may be a "bad tick year."

Curtis says, "With the warm, early spring, ticks are already active in central New York State, and this will likely be a bad tick year."

Ticks carry the potentially dangerous Lyme disease. However, symptoms for Lyme disease may mimic those from other more benign diseases and hence may be difficult to diagnose.

Dr. Lisa Thorn says, "If you see at the site of the tick bite a target legion, a target rash, that's helpful and supportive but not necessarily diagnostic that Lyme is the problem so the blood test is really what differentiates whether a person has it or not."

Experts warn people that during the May-July season people should be aware when outdoors for ticks.

Dr. Thorn says even when you're wearing long sleeve shirts and pants, the ticks can still attach themselves to your clothes when walking through the brush and eventually to your skin. She advises people to always check for ticks, especially with children. 

If you do find a tick on your body, Dr. Thorn explains the best way to remove it is to use tweezers at a 90 degree angle to the tick, bring the edge of the tweezers as close to the skin as possible without piercing it, and slowly pull straight up. The important thing is to at least get the body of the tick where the lye disease could be carried. If that doesn't work, contact your local physician.

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