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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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