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Lyme disease is rare, but not impossible, in the South

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Jacksonville State University professors are pursuing research that could resolve lingering questions about Lyme disease.

The tick-borne disease can cause neurological issues, arthritis, and meningitis, among other health problems. Researchers say even though Lyme disease is rare in the South, it is showing up more in dogs in east Alabama. While ticks can turn up in pets, they often turn up in wild animals that wander into neighborhoods.

"The frequency of ticks is oftentimes highest in those suburban zones, where people are most likely to come in contact with those ticks," says Professor Chris Murdock.

Researchers admit the disease is rare, but say that shouldn't give you a false sense of security.

Always check pets and children for ticks after prolonged exposure to plants.

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