According to the Erie County Department of Health, ticks are a natural part of the wooded and grassy environments in Erie County. The most well-known tick in Erie County is the deer tick, which can be the carrier of the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.
“Ticks and Lyme disease are prevalent in northwest Pennsylvania as a result of our surrounding environment. Many of our residents hunt in the woods and hike through Presque Isle State Park. Any chance we get to educate our residents about the dangers of ticks and Lyme disease is a chance we cannot pass up. Education could be the key to saving a life,” Wiley said.
Last year, Senator Wiley was introduced to a courageous Cumberland County Teen named Josie. Josie is 16 years old and has been suffering from Lyme disease since 2008.
“This incredible young woman used to spend her days dancing, cheerleading and running around with her friends. Now, the Lyme disease has taken that mobility from her and has confined her to a wheelchair. But what it has certainly not taken away from her is her incredible spirit.
“Josie opened my eyes to the effects of Lyme disease, and I am willing to do everything I can to help spread awareness and push for the necessary resources to treat this debilitating disease,” said Wiley.
For more information on ticks and Lyme disease in Erie County, visit http://ecdh.org/animal-insect-disease.php/Ticks-Lyme-Disease/40/2144/440/1272
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