MOUNT VERNON — Spring has sprung. That means ticks are out and about and looking for a meal. People and pets working and playing outdoors in woody or weedy areas may be exposed to ticks and, possibly, tick-borne diseases including Lyme disease.
Previously believed to be contracted only on the East Coast, Lyme disease, a bacterial disease, is spreading west, and has migrated to Ohio, said Terri Hillier, a registered sanitarian with the Knox County Health Department.
“We didn’t think it was here,” she said, “but it is. Four-hundred black-legged ticks have been found right next door to us in Coshocton County, and 40 percent of them tested positive for Lyme disease.”