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Rise in Ticks and Tick-borne Disease

Farm Week (June 21) – Ticks are changing due to changes in climate, according to researchers. Since 2006, the U.S. has experienced a 10-fold increase in tick-borne illnesses, said Rebecca Smith, associate professor of epidemiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

“We’re finding ticks active in January and February where you would never have found them before,” Smith said. “With these warmer winters, ticks can come out of dormancy.”