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What are ticks?

Ticks are small blood-sucking parasites with eight legs that attach themselves to the skin of animals and people. Their bite can lead to infection. In people, tick bites can lead to diseases, such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and ehrlichiosis. Ticks live in every part of the world where hosts can be found, although not all areas have ticks that carry disease that affect people. People who spend time in areas with untended vegetation or tall grasses, such as forests or other wild areas, may be especially at risk of a tick bite. And people are more likely to be bitten during the spring and early summer. Ticks on the skin should be removed as quickly as possible with tweezers. Common symptoms of an infection include fever, a rash and general body aches.

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