New York had the second highest number in the U.S. of reported disease cases from ticks from 2004 to 2016.
At more than 69,000 cases of tick-borne illnesses in New York only Pennsylvania had more. A CDC report released yesterday shows that since the late 1990s, the number of reported cases of Lyme disease in the United States has tripled and the number of counties in the northeast that are considered high-risk for Lyme disease has increased by more than 300%.
The report encourages public health officials to confront the growing problem, and for residents to take preventative measures to avoid tick bites.
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