Pennsylvania works to tackle ticks and tick diseases such as Lym's disease that pose a threat to public health in the Lehigh Valley and beyond. governments for five-year efforts to assess the risk of tick diseases across the country. The Environmental Monitoring Program stems from a recommendation from the Lyme Disease Working Group
"Lyme disease is a major public health problem in Pennsylvania," said Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levin in a statement. "Many people believe that Lyme disease and ticks that carry the disease can only be found in wooded areas. These monitoring efforts will help us to share with all Pennsylvania the importance of taking steps to protect ourselves, "she added. levels of activity. The Lehigh and Northampton countries are among 38 counties, which are also part of specific studies of black nymph ticks.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has funded the study. lying ground cover and subterranean vegetation for ticks. One of the goals is to better inform the public about how to avoid the tick-affected areas and their potentially exhausting diseases.
This spring and summer survey will take place from May to August, once a week, at two different sampling locations, which according to DEP may be parks, playgrounds, recreation areas, or other local habitat (with the owner's permission on the ground).
The collected ticks are immediately placed in 70-80% alcohol solution, labeled and dispatched to DEP. "Lyme disease affects thousands of Pennsylvanians every year, but ticks are also known for other pathogens that could infect humans," DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell said in a statement. "This study will provide important data that will help us better understand these arachnids in our environment and inform the Pennsylvania about how, when and where to avoid biting from a disease that carries the disease."
Controlling and preventing ticks and tick diseases such as Lym's disease:
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