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Officials warn of bad summer for ticks, Lyme disease in Wisconsin

KENOSHA, WI (WTAQ) - This could be a bad summer for ticks in Wisconsin – and officials say it might lead to more cases of Lyme disease.

Experts say ticks love a moist climate and warm weather, and Wisconsin is getting both.

Kenosha County environmental health officer Mark Melotik said he began seeing ticks a month ago, but it remains to be seen whether they’ll lead to more Lyme cases.

Wisconsin has at least 16 species of ticks, but UW experts say only a few bite humans. That includes the deer ticks known for causing Lyme disease.

Last year’s hot and dry summer resulted in a decrease in Wisconsin Lyme cases.

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