PA State Rep. Jonathan Fritz recently posted in a newsletter...
Friday, May 4, 2018
Prevent Lyme: Check for Ticks
Pennsylvania has led the nation in confirmed cases of Lyme disease for three straight years and for the first time deer ticks have been found in each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. The 2014 Lyme disease report released last year by the Department of Health showed 7,400 cases of Lyme disease reported in the Commonwealth.
In an effort to address this issue, Department of Health recently launched “Don’t Let a Tick Make You Sick,” a campaign aimed at raising Lyme-disease awareness."
I would like to point out this data is from 2014!!
The CDC has published 2016 data which is old at this point as well. The 2016 Data also shows PA continuing to lead the nation in confirmed cases of Lyme disease. That is 5 years as of 2016!
We need to do better.
We need to publish current information to help the public realize how bad this epidemic is.
In 2016 the CDC reported 11443 new "reported" cases of Lyme disease in Pa. That's approx. 2000 new cases in each of the last 3 reported years alone, and the cases in Susquehanna County in 2016 were only 85.
Our LDC, Inc. received information from two local facilities each reporting close to 200 cases by October of 2017. That's close to 400 from only two facilities, and roughly 300 new reported cases over what was reported in 2016 right here in Susquehanna County.
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