Pennsylvania is working to treat ticks and popularized illnesses such as Lyme disease, which poses a threat to public health in the Lehigh Valley and beyond.
Since July 2018, Pennsylvania's Environmental Conservation Department has coordinated with the government's government a five-year effort to assess the risk of portable illness across the state. The environmental surveillance program stems from the recommendation of the PA Lyme Disease Task Force
“Lyme disease is a major concern in Pennsylvania,” Pennsylvania Health Secretary, Rachel Levine said in a statement. “Many people believe that Lyme disease, and the ticks that carry the disease, can only be found in wooded areas. These surveillance efforts will help us to share the importance of taking measures to protect yourself with the Pennsylvanians, ”she said.
This survey is taking place in every county in Pennsylvania as a means of analyzing ticks and their habitats, states and peak activity levels. The counties of Lehigh and Northampton are among 38 counties which are part of specific surveys on scheduled nymphal ticks.
Pennsylvania Health Department is funding the study.
The ticks will be collected using white white dragons, which make a low-lying sample of ground cover and sub-threshold vegetation for ticks. One objective is to better inform the public on how to avoid areas of poor taste and potentially debilitating their diseases.
In the spring and summer, the survey will be taken from May to August, once a week at two different sampling centers, which can be parks, playgrounds, recreational parks or other home habitats (with permission of the landowner). ), according to the DEP
ticks are collected immediately in an alcohol solution 70-80 percent, labeled and sent to the DEP
“Lyme disease affects thousands of Pennsylvanians every year, but it is known also that other pathogens are ticking that may cause infection, ”said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell in a statement. “This survey will provide important data that will help us to better understand these properties in our environment and will inform Pennsylvanians about how, when and where to avoid being baked with a disease-bearing tick. "
This is more from US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of ticks to avoid and put aside illness as Lyme disease:
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