Tick Borne Diseases

May 20, 2015 -- Posted by : webmaster

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Pike County Tick Borne Diseases Task Force and the Pike County Commissioners have joined forces to help prevent the spread of tick borne diseases. Together, we will work to educate the public about the prevalence and dangers of tick borne diseases, how to protect yourself from becoming infected, and how to enjoy your time outside. The Pike County Tick Borne Disease Task Force is focused on decreasing the number of tick borne accounts by building community awareness through education, support, and advocacy.

As the Pike County commissioners’ resolution notes, the frequency of diagnosed and reported tick related diseases have risen greatly over recent years. In 2013, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a report stating that preliminary estimates show that around 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease annually. This was approximately 10 times higher than the number of cases previously reported to the CDC every year.

In the last five years, Pennsylvania ranked highest in the country in the number of confirmed cases of tick borne diseases. Cases are easily misdiagnosed.

By their resolution, the commissioners urge every citizen to make it a habit to check for ticks after spending time outdoors. Early spring through late fall, as well as during a warmer winter season, increases the risk of ticks.

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