“Tick-borne diseases are a very serious problem, and they’re on the rise,” said Rebecca Eisen, a research biologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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The symptoms of Lyme disease, which you can get from a tick bite, aren’t always obvious. At the site of the bite, a red splotch will often start to grow into what looks like a bullseye target.
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“It’s a virus, whereas Lyme is a bacteria,” Dr. Kent Holtorf, a Lyme disease expert and medical director of Holtorf Medical Group, told Fox News. “If you catch Lyme early, antibiotics can eradicate it, but with a virus, you have much less options to do anything about it.”
“While a nuisance, the caterpillars do not pose a public health threat and will eventually die off naturally,” said the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management’s Gail Mastrati in a news release.