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CDC issues warning about tick borne-illnesses

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Remmington is just 5-months-old and is checking into Holly Tree Animal Hospital in Simpsonville to get a checkup.

"Ticks and fleas and also for her heart worm medication," Steve Riggins explained.

He checks his dog Remmi at home every day.

"I have her in my lap and I turn her over. I check underside, I run my hand along her back to also look at the skin," Riggins said. "They can become the host pretty quickly."

He's seen one tick at his home.

"I've sprayed my yard since then," he said.

Administrators with the CDC issued a warning about tick-borne illnesses because they've doubled since 2004. They also say it's the most active season in more than a decade.

"We have seen quite a number of fleas and they started quite early this year, ticks as well," Dr. Steve Shrum said.

He's a veterinarian and owner of Holly Tree Animal Hospital. He's seen more ticks on patients so far this year, than last. 

"They're going to be primarily around the ears, in between the toes...particularly the immature ticks," he said.

The most common ticks are Lone Star Ticks, Brown Dog Ticks and Deer Ticks. 

"You want to grasp as close to the skin as possible to pull the tick off," Shrum said. "We recommend using tweezers to pull the tick off."

Shrum says his patient's parents are concerned.

"Their biggest concerns definitely are asking us about what tick-borne disease will we see in the Southeast," he said.

Those diseases are Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

"Immature ticks are very small," Shrum said.

Riggins is watching to make sure ticks stay away from Remmi.

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