State officials: Warm weather leads to increased ticks

Theodore Andreadis at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment station in New Haven tells News 12 that because of warmer days in January and February, there will be more ticks in the area this summer.

Theodore Andreadis at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment station in New Haven tells News 12 that because of warmer days in January and February, there will be more ticks in the area this summer. (4/20/17)

CONNECTICUT - Connecticut is expecting an increased amount of ticks this summer, and experts are warning residents to be careful, state officials say.

Theodore Andreadis at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment station in New Haven tells News 12 that because of warmer days in January and February, there will be more ticks in the area this summer.

"The best method of protection is to just check yourself," he says. "If you've been in an area where there's ticks, you get back home and want to check yourself very, very closely."

Andreadis says a tick bite can lead to serious cases of Lyme disease if not treated early.

Anne Olshan, of Stamford, knows that from experience.

"It was one of the most painful things I've ever gone through," she says.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also released a report Thursday about the state's first case of the Powassan virus, which is transmitted by ticks. In the Connecticut case, an infant was bitten by a tick and developed a fever, vomiting and seizures.

A tick can transmit Lyme disease if it has been feeding on a victim for one or two days, but the Powassan virus can be transmitted in just 15 minutes, according to experts.

Another precaution is to cover your body before going into areas that may contain ticks.

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