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April 4, 2016

BOSTON (CBS) – Veterinarians are warning of a new breed of tick in New England that is posing a big threat to pets.
“Lone Star” ticks, identifiable by a white dot on their backs, have been marching north from their native Texas for years, experts with MSPCA-Angell’s Animal Medical Center in Boston say.
“We’re getting reports that people are seeing them closer and closer to Boston,” Dr. Virginia Sinnott of the medical center told WBZ NewsRadio 1030.
In recent months, local vets have seen a 220 percent increase over last year in the number of tick-borne illnesses in dogs.
These Texan ticks are three times as fast as the Lyme disease-carrying Deer tick and have great vision, according to the MSPCA. What’s worse, is that they tend to attack animals in swarms.

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