July 22, 2008
County Health Director Reminds People to Check for Deer Ticks after Spending Time Outdoors
The above photo was found at: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/lyme/ld_transmission.htm
School is out and families across Oswego County are spending time outdoors enjoying the area's beautiful beaches and wooded areas. However, because of the risk of tick-borne illness, including Lyme disease, county health officials urge people to avoid contact with ticks.
“We are seeing an increasing number of confirmed cases of Lyme disease in Oswego County,” said Dr. Dennis Norfleet, interim public health director. “In 2004 we had four confirmed cases and in 2007 we had nine. Already this year we have eight confirmed cases.”
Lyme disease, which is caused by the bite of an infected deer tick, may affect the skin, nervous system, heart and joints. If not treated early, it can have permanent and severe health effects.
“The deer tick population in Oswego County appears to be increasing. The New York State Department of Health is conducting a study that will tell us more definitively,” said Dr. Norfleet. “To control the spread of Lyme disease it is important for us to learn how to protect ourselves against tick-borne diseases.”
In some areas, any contact with plants or bushes, even in the backyard, has the risk of contact with ticks.
Dr. Norfleet urges all Oswego County residents to remember:
For a detailed description and illustration on how to properly remove a tick, visit the New York State Department of Health Web site at http://www.health.state.ny.us/diseases/communicable/lyme/lyme_disease_alert.pdf
To learn more about Lyme disease, call the Oswego County Health Department at 349-3564 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3564, or visit the New York State Department of Health Web site at http://www.health.state.ny.us/diseases/communicable/lyme/.
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