Tick and Lyme Disease Problem

By Ben Manning | bmanning@wtajtv.com

Published 04/25 2014 10:29PM

Updated 04/25 2014 10:33PM

HOLLIDAYSBURG, BLAIR COUNTY - The Centers for Disease Control says Pennsylvania is the number one state for Lyme disease. And local veterinarians are seeing more ticks that usual this spring.

Tina Kunstbeck is very active and even ran marathons. But she got Lyme disease and for the last year she hasn't been able to do much of anything. She's on her second round of antibiotics and she's trying to get back to running.
About ten people from the Loop Road area in Hollidaysburg have recently tested positive for Lyme disease, and veterinarians say more pets are coming in too.

Dr. Brad Kissell has had 58 dogs test positive for Lyme disease at Lakemont Veterinary Clinic this year, and he's seen 15 dogs with ticks come in over the last six weeks. He encourages people to use tick prevention products on their pets. And he recommends checking yourself and your dog any time you come in from the woods. If you see a tick you should call the vet or doctor.

Kunstbeck warns people not to take chances with tick bites, but she’s not going to let it stop her from doing what she loves, like being outside.

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