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      Warm winter means early tick season in SC


      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Forestry Commission



      officials say it's time to watch out for ticks.


      Wildlife officials say the warm winter may have the



      blood-sucking insects hungrier than usual for this



      early in the



      year.


      Experts recommend people wear long pants and long sleeves when



      spending time in the woods, thick



      underbrush or other places ticks



      are often found. They also suggest checking for ticks on yourself



      and others as soon as you get inside and washing clothes worn i

      n
      the woods in hot water.


      Ticks can carry several diseases, including Lyme disease. Both



      Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell and U.S. Rep.



      Joe Wilson have been



      sickened by the illness in the past several months.

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