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Watch Out for Ticks: Pa. Lyme Disease Rates Soar

Watch Out for Ticks: Pa. Lyme Disease Rates Soar”

So far this year, Pittsfield has had more cases of anaplasmosis and nearly as many occurrences of Lyme disease- when compared to all of last year.

And, regional medical director Dr. Marijka A. Grey said in an email Thursday, more than 400 of those were in the last week.

According to the 2016 Lyme disease data, more than 2,000 more cases of Lyme disease were reported in 2016 than in 2015.

Have you been checking for ticks this summer?

Lyme disease is transmitted through the bite of an infected blacklegged tick (also known as a deer tick).

"Ticks don't drop out of trees; they are typically at shoe or sock level at most".

Pennsylvania leads the nation in confirmed cases of Lyme disease, according to the DOH. "We are passionate about providing a diagnostic solution that decreases the misdiagnosis of Lyme Disease".

A rise in tick-borne illnesses in Pittsfield has health officials concerned. iBerkshires.com reports the city has seen a rise in tick-borne illnesses including Lyme disease. Deer ticks have spread to each of the state's 67 counties.

A map of average annual Lyme diseases cases for every county in Pennsylvania, using case numbers between 2012 and 2016.

You can find a county-by-county breakdown of reported Lyme cases previous year here.

Levine recommends staying away from areas of dense shrubbery and tall grass, which tend to be tick-infested habitats. Wear repellents and protective clothing, and be sure to check for and remove any ticks.

"Just as strong sun or severe weather demand outdoors enthusiasts be cognizant of their surroundings, the spread of ticks and related Lyme disease is requiring the hiker and hunter, angler and birder all to be prepared and proactive when they enter our state parks and forestlands where ticks may be prevalent", said Cindy Adams Dunn, secretary of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.



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