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Health officials expect more ticks this year

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KENOSHA (WKOW) -- State health officials, along with Kenosha County health officials, say this year could be a bad one for ticks.

The Kenosha News reports ticks love warm weather and a moist climate.  Right now, Wisconsin is seeing both.

Mark Melotik is Kenosha County's Health Division environmental health manager.  He says ticks started coming in Kenosha County around a month ago.  Melotik has not heard of any reports of Lyme disease yet this year, but says that could change during the summer.

There are at least sixteen tick species in Wisconsin.  University of Wisconsin researchers say only a few bite humans.  The two most common are wood ticks and deer ticks, which can cause Lyme disease.

Numbers show Lyme disease cases were down last year because of the hot, dry weather.

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