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Experts Believe Ticks Out in Full Force

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Summer is starting to wind down, but experts are reminding everyone that ticks are still out in full force. 
A daily tick check is routine for the Solin- Valdina family. Six year old Leto was treated for lyme disease two years ago. His mom found a tick on him . Fever and the "bulls eye" followed.
Dr. Peter Hotez of Baylor College of Medicine says preventing tick bites is critical, especially in the spring, summer and  early fall when ticks are most active.
The centers for disease control and prevention says almost all cases of Lyme disease occur in these 14 states in the northeast, mid-Atlantic and upper Midwest. The tick that transmits Lyme also can spread babesiosis and anaplasmosis.  There's also a tick that transmits rocky mountain spotted fever
Dr. Dyan Hes says the best protection is to use insect repellent, with more than 20 percent deet and wear the right clothing in tall grasses
Leto's Lyme disease was treated with antibiotics. And today, he's happy and healthy.

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