March 28, 2022
Pennsylvanians should take precautions to prevent Lyme disease and the ‘rare but dangerous’ Deer Tick Virus (DTV) that has been spotted at high levels in ticks in parts of Pennsylvania, state leaders said this month.
As temperatures rise during the spring, state health and environmental officials are warning of the health effects of tickborne illnesses in Pennsylvania and the steps residents should take to protect themselves.
“Lyme disease has been present in all 67 counties for some time, and unfortunately, the prevalence of the very serious Deer Tick Virus appears to be increasing in some tick populations,” Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell said earlier this month.
Here’s what you need to know:
If you plan to venture outdoors, state officials recommend:
Additional educational materials for patients and health care providers from the Pennsylvania Department of Health are available online.
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