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Tick Season Starts In Central Kentucky

Reported by: Ian Preston
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Updated: 5/29/2012 11:21 pm
        They can cause serious diseases like Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and there could be more of them this season.
        The Lexington Herald Leader reported that due to the mild winter Tick numbers could potentially be up from year's past.
        Dr. Ryan Stanton with the UK Emergency Department says central Kentucky wont have much to worry about when it comes to ticks with serious diseases like Lyme Disease.
        He says central Kentucky is positioned right in between the regions where certain types of ticks are known to carry Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
        Dr. Stanton says there is a third kind of tick that carries a similar but less dangerous disease called Ehrlichiosis, but says there is only a handful of cases reported across Kentucky every year.
        All tick related diseases have similar symptoms like rashes and the flu.
        All can be treated with antibiotics within a couple of weeks.
        Dr. Stanton says it takes days, even months without treatment for the diseases to become life threatening.
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