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Lyme Disease and Other Tickborne Diseases

Here in Hunterdon County, Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases are persistent public health threats. Indeed, the county has been ranked among the top counties in the U.S. when it comes to confirmed cases of Lyme disease. To protect residents, the Hunterdon County Department of Health has aggressively dealt with the challenge through multimedia programs promoting awareness and risk-reducing behaviors. In fact, information and guidance about Lyme disease today are one of its most requested services. Working with county-based physicians, the Public Health Nursing and Education division receives, investigates and documents all reported cases of Lyme disease. This continuous monitoring enables the department to accurately measure the trends and patterns of disease incidence. Hunterdon - because of climate and environmental conditions - continues to have one of the highest rates of Lyme disease in the U.S. Check out the actual 20-year growth pattern of Lyme disease in Hunterdon between 1988 and 2008.

General Information

Lyme Disease: Signs,Symptoms & Prevention (PowerPoint)

Hunterdon County Lyme Disease Totals
May, 2009

Other Tick Borne Diseases:

Lyme Disease Education Materials for Teachers

Lyme Disease Cases in Hunterdon (1988-2008)

Lyme Disease Case Investigation Report - new as of 09/16/2009 (PDF Document)

Lyme Jeopardy

Lyme Prevention Fact Sheet - For Parents

HIGHEST RISK FOR LYME DISEASE STARTS NOW

Two out of three Lyme disease infections that will occur in Hunterdon County this year will occur during the next six weeks, warned John Beckley, health officer and director of the county health department. "We're now into the highest risk period of the season and we’re urging everyone to step up their personal prevention efforts," he added. That is easy to do but it does require attention. "The best prevention is to check for ticks and remove them promptly," advised Beckley. READ MORE...

LYME DISEASE AWARENESS SIGN CAMPAIGN
Hunterdon County has some of the highest confirmed Lyme disease cases in the U.S. on a year-by-year basis. To help address this persistent public health threat, the county department of health is using creative marketing - literally taking the message right out into the field and sticking it in the ground where deer ticks roam. Click for additional information

LYME DISEASE -- EARLY SEASON ALERT
Tadhgh Rainey and Denny Mazurkiewicz used the airwave power of WDVR-fm to get out an early reminder and alert to Hunterdon residents that Lyme disease season is upon us.

Tadhgh, director of the health department's Mosquito & Vector Control unit, presented the radio audience with an "in the field" lesson about Lyme disease explaining what it is, where it is found in the outdoors and how you can avoid getting it.

Denny, RN and infectious disease nurse with the public health nursing unit, offered the "clinical" perspective, discussing health problems that Lyme disease causes, how you can identify if you've got it and the importance of doing daily full body checks during Lyme season: between April and October.

Lights, Camera, Action!
John Beckley, director of the Hunterdon County department of health, took to the outdoors to film "Prime Time for Lyme," a short educational video about Lyme disease and how to avoid getting it. Behind the camera is producer Dave Kelber of Hunterdon Central High School TV. The Lyme "edu-mercial" – featuring specialists from the Hunterdon County health department – is airing on Central High TV channel 14 on the Patriot Media system, and on the in-house video system at the Hunterdon Medical Center.  The edu-mercial is also used for health department presentations at health fairs and road shows.

HIGHEST RISK FOR LYME DISEASE
We're entered the highest risk period of the Lyme Disease season. Now is the time to set up your personal prevention efforts.

 

 

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