Pennsylvania Launches Tickborne Diseases Dashboard to Raise Lyme Disease Awareness

Pennsylvania launches a Tickborne Diseases Dashboard to raise awareness about tickborne diseases during National Lyme Disease Awareness Month. The dashboard provides data on tickborne disease activity, including case counts and prevention tips, to help residents take precautions.

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Pennsylvania Launches Tickborne Diseases Dashboard to Raise Lyme Disease Awareness

Pennsylvania Launches Tickborne Diseases Dashboard to Raise Lyme Disease Awareness

The Pennsylvania Department of Health launched a new online Tickborne Diseases Dashboard on May 13, 2024, to raise awareness about tickborne diseases during National Lyme Disease Awareness Month. The dashboard provides Pennsylvania residents and healthcare providers with information on tickborne diseases, including Lyme disease, which is the most commonly reported tickborne disease in the state.

Why this matters: The launch of this dashboard is crucial in preventing the spread of tickborne diseases, which can have severe and long-lasting health consequences if left untreated. By providing accurate and timely data, the dashboard can help reduce the incidence of Lyme disease and other tickborne illnesses, ultimately protecting public health and promoting a saferoutdoor recreational environment.

The dashboard allows visitors to review the latest state data on tickborne disease activity, including case counts across Pennsylvania and cases per 100,000 residents per county. The data aims to help residents understand the prevalence of ticks in their area and take appropriate precautions while enjoying outdoor activities.

In 2022, Pennsylvania ranked ninth in the United States for the number of Lyme disease cases reported by population, with 8,413 cases reported, representing an incidence of 64.9 cases per 100,000 people. Lyme disease cases typically increase from April through August, with the majority of cases reported during this period.

Acting Secretary of Health Dr. Debra Bogen emphasized the importance of taking precautions while enjoying Pennsylvania's outdoor recreational opportunities. "Pennsylvania has incredible outdoor recreational opportunities, and we want to provide as much information as possible for residents to enjoy them safely. Taking appropriate precautions can help avoid Lyme and other tickborne diseases that can lead to serious illness. As a pediatrician, I always recommend doing a tick check after playing outside, especially for children and pets," said Dr. Bogen.

Residents can reduce the likelihood of a tick bite by taking precautions such as walking in the center of trails, using EPA-approved insect repellents, and conducting full-body tick checks after spending time in tick habitats. If an attached tick is found, it should be promptly removed using fine-tipped tweezers, grasping the tick as close to the skin's surface as possible and pulling upward with steady, even pressure. video, add

The Department of Health also hosts an annual elementary-school student Lyme Disease Art Contest to educate students about preventing Lyme disease. Winners of this year's contest will be announced on May 16, and their artwork will be on display in the East Wing of the Capitol building until the end of May.

The launch of the Tickborne Diseases Dashboard and the Lyme Disease Art Contest highlight Pennsylvania's ongoing efforts to raise awareness and educate residents about the risks of tickborne diseases. By providing up-to-date data and prevention tips, the Department of Health aims to empower Pennsylvanians to protect themselves and their families while enjoying the state's abundant outdoor recreational opportunities.

Key Takeaways

  • Pennsylvania launches Tickborne Diseases Dashboard to raise awareness during National Lyme Disease Awareness Month.
  • The dashboard provides data on tickborne diseases, including Lyme disease, to help prevent their spread.
  • In 2022, PA ranked 9th in the US for Lyme disease cases, with 8,413 cases reported.
  • Residents can reduce tick bites by taking precautions like using insect repellents and doing full-body tick checks.
  • The Department of Health also hosts a Lyme Disease Art Contest to educate elementary school students.