Officials with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) said today that bites from infected wood ticks that are the central culprit for Lyme disease is on an alarming rise. Spokespersons from the CDC urged people in the United States to be on the lookout for ticks when hiking or working on the farm.
Cindy Faye Betty Lynn Cogbern of the CDC in Atlanta, Georgia said "People should be careful out there as some ticks are very hard to see. We are seeing however a subspecies of wood tick, the Vampire Dog Tick that if not detected early can grow very large."
People who wear long sleeve shirts are being warned to be extra vigilant as they may be unaware the tick is even on their person.
Ms. Cogburn said: "We have a saying here at the CDC," laughing, "ticks are pricks!"