Tick outbreak increases disease risk

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SPENCER, Okla - It's the worst tick outbreak Oklahoma has had in two years. Not only are these pests annoying, they can also be deadly.

Charla Hardimon's 9-year-old daughter A'Bri was bitten by a tick at the beginning of June. Twenty days later she developed serious health problems.

"I felt nauseated, and I felt really sick." A'Bri said. "Like I was about to pass out."

Doctor's diagnosed A'Bri with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Thankfully, A'Bri responded to antibiotics and is now recovering. Her mother is giving other parents advice to help them avoid the same situation.

"Every crack. Every crease. When they take all their clothes off, please check them!" Hardimon said. "They can get into the smallest places and you'll never know."

If you do get bitten by a tick, it's a good idea to tape it to an index card in case you get sick later. You can show it to your doctor and it will help them diagnose you and know best how to treat you.

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