Health officials in southern West Virginia are warning the public about the dangers of ticks due to the mild winter the region has received.
Ticks can carry Lyme disease and symptoms included fever and expanding red rash. If not treated it could cause serious health problems.
Officials have advice to avoid getting bit by a tick. Avoid grassy areas and shrubs where ticks may be lying. Wear light-colored clothing so ticks can be easily seen, and brush them off. Tuck pants into boots or socks. Apply insect repellant and promptly check yourself especially behind the ears and any hard to reach areas which maybe exposed.
Officials also want the public to check their pets of any fleas or ticks. They say when removing a tick to always use tweezers and remove it by the head. Immediately wash hands after being exposed to a tick.