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Tick Population Growth Increases Tick-Borne Disease Risk in 2013
Date:7/30/2013

ST. JOSEPH, Mo., July 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With the summer months upon us, Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses are on the rise in the United States. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tick-borne diseases are increasing, with human cases expected to exceed 300,000 annually1.

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Veterinary experts agree pet owners should be on high alert this year, as the threat of disease expands geographically and companion animals are progressively more at risk of coming into contact with ticks and Lyme disease.

"Although some regions continue to be considered endemic with greater levels of exposure, and some regions have a low risk of exposure, Lyme disease-infected dogs have now been found in all 48 contiguous states. There are many diseases spread by ticks and our dogs can get more than one at a time. With more ticks in more locations, we're finding that more of these diseases are being transferred to our dogs," said Mike Paul, DVM. "Due to climate change and wildlife coming further into suburban environments, ticks are really a huge problem throughout all of North America. Pet owners need to understand that ticks pose a serious threat."

The CDC has singled out Lyme disease in people as the most common and fastest growing vector-borne, infectious disease in the country. Due to increased numbers of ticks in recent years, Lyme has become a growing concern for veterinary practitioners and dog owners2.

As the tick population increases, it's vital that pet owners are educated on Lyme disease dangers for canines. Pe
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