AKRON, Ohio — Summit County is in the top five places in the country where heartworm in pets is on the rise, according to News 5's media partners at the Akron Beacon Journal .
The Companion Animal Parasite Council tracks the results from the two biggest labs in the country and found that Akron has seen a spike in positive results in pets over the last 30 to 45 days.
Heartworm treatment can be expensive and can be fatal in some animals.
The rise in cases could be a result of rescues coming from the south, where mosquitoes thrive and spread the disease.
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