Milton accepts signs raising Lyme disease awareness
(Cape Gazette) – Delaware Division of Public Health donated signs to the town of Milton intended to raise awareness of Lyme disease and what to do if bitten by a tick.
Signs will be posted in all of Milton’s parks, with the most prominent being at the entrance to Milton Memorial Park.
Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the United States, with approximately 20,000 new cases reported each year. Delaware is among the top 10 states in the United States with the highest incidence rates. In 2018, the Division of Public Health reported 520 confirmed and probable cases in the state.
As both the frequency of tick bites and the occurrence of Lyme disease increase as the weather warms up, DPH is ramping up its BLAST Lyme Disease awareness campaign and its outreach efforts. This year, these efforts are aimed at educating both the general public and medical providers about tick bite prevention, and how to best diagnose and treat Lyme disease.
Additionally, Senate Concurrent Resolution 43, sponsored by Sen. Ernie Lopez, R-Lewes, and Speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach recognizing May 19-25 as Lyme Disease Awareness Week in Delaware, passed both chambers earlier this month.
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