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Lyme disease cases have gone up over active summer

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— Many residents and visitors to Essex County and the Adirondacks are enjoying spending time outdoors this summer.

Essex County Public Health emphasizes the many health benefits associated with outdoor activities in the heart of summer and encourages people to take precautions to protect their health.

“We have seen a significant increase in confirmed cases of Lyme Disease in Essex County; most especially in the Champlain Valley,” said Linda Beers, Public Health Director.

Lyme disease is transmitted to people through the bite of an infected tick.

Beers said that the department encourages people to take simple steps to prevent contracting Lyme Disease, including:

•Wear light colored clothes with long sleeves and pant legs so you can easily spot & remove ticks;

•Apply repellents safely; and

•Perform daily tick checks including bathing or showing soon after outdoor activities for ease of finding and removing ticks.

The preferred removal method is to grasp the tick with fine point tweezers close to skin attachment and pull straight up.

For additional information on Lyme disease prevention and tick removal visit the Essex County Public Health website at co.essex.ny.us/PublicHealth.

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