DECATUR, Ill. -- Doctors say it's the season for ticks. They can lead to serious illness, like Lyme Disease. If left untreated, it can kill you.
Belva Gadlage says Lyme Disease is a sickness that sneaks up on you.
"It's called 'The Great Impostor,'" said Gadlage. "It imitates over 300 disease."
Gadlage has been battling chronic Lyme for ten years. She said she still has extreme nerve pain and twitches. She thinks it could have been caused from getting ticks when golfing.
It's a warning for anyone who loves the outdoors -- including pets.
Eldorado Animal Hospital veterinarian Dr. Cheryl Helsing says she's seen more animals with ticks this year.
"They bite; they itch," said Helsing. "It's annoying to your pet."
But Helsing said the ticks can find their way from pets to humans.
"They may hitch a ride on your dog and decide they like you better," Helsing said.
Lyme disease isn't only caused by ticks. Animals carrying it that bite humans can also spread it.
If you have questions about Lyme disease, you can contact Belva Gadlage at email@example.com