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Ticks Back With A Vengeance In Maine This Spring

Thriving Ticks
Robert F. Bukaty
In this photo made Friday, May 9, 2014, an informational card about ticks distributed by the Maine Medical Center Research Institute is seen in the woods in Freeport, Maine.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A late-summer drought virtually eliminated ticks in parts of New England, but they're back with a vengeance this spring.

Dog ticks, which do not carry Lyme disease, have been especially active since early spring in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

The busy spring for ticks has been sending more people to the emergency room in Maine. The state reported 176 tick-related emergency department visits for the week that ended May 16. Last year, that same week saw 91 tick-related ER visits.