Scientists predict tick-borne illnesses will spike in 2017

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ST. LOUIS — Tick season is shaping up to be a real doozy. Scientists predict 2017 will bear the highest number of ticks in recent years, with a jump in reported cases of tick-borne illnesses in some regions of the US.

Black-legged ticks are the common carriers of several tick-borne illnesses.  They can have life cycles of up to two to three years and are most active between May and July.

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