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A year-round problem for many, CDC says 2017 a record year for tickborne illness reports

Doreen Benschop recalls plucking dozens of ticks off her two dogs earlier this fall, after the pair got out to the woods behind her home.

She says she wore several layers outside to keep ticks away when she brought the dogs back.

“And then I came in and check myself, and inside my sweatshirt, under my raincoat. I found eight ticks,” said Benschop, who lives in Victor.

She says one of her dogs died last year after suffering from Lyme Disease. Three weeks ago, she found a tick embedded in her own arm, prompting a visit to the doctor.

“It’s frustrating,” she said. “It’s frustrating, but what can you do about it?”

Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control says it received a record number of tick-borne illness reports in 2017.

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