Ticks can carry different diseases but the most prevalent is Lyme disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are about 30,000 cases of Lyme are reported each year, according to the CDC.
Smith said since Lyme disease is becoming more and more common, "Americans have a right to know whether any of this [bioweapon research of ticks] is true."
The congressman is also pushing for the government to do more research, prevention and treatment of Lyme disease. His TICK Act pledges $180 million toward the fight against Lyme disease, CNN reported.
The best way to prevent Lyme disease, according to the CDC, is to wear repellent, do a daily tick check, shower as soon as you get home from being outdoors and if you get a fever or rash, call a doctor.
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A close up of an adult female and nymph tick. Ticks cause an acute inflammatory disease characterized by skin changes, joint inflammation, and flu-like symptoms called Lyme disease.