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Ontario County officials warn: Beware the ticks

Lyme disease numbers dropped last year in Ontario County, compared with a spike in 2017. Ontario County Public Health Director Mary Beer hopes this year sees even fewer cases.

Public health officials are pressing hard for prevention of tick-borne diseases that can make you very sick and even become life-threatening.

“There are adults and children bedridden or in wheelchairs in our community and across our state because of Lyme disease and co-infectors,” said John Messina in a recent release about Lyme disease. Messina, a Canandaigua resident and founder of Ontario County Lyme Support Group, himself has battled with the illness spread by ticks. “Please educate yourself, so you can advocate for yourself about Lyme disease,” he said.

“New York State continues to be a hotbed for Lyme and tick-borne diseases, with more than 8,700 cases as of 2017 — while the Finger Lakes region experienced 365 of those cases in that year,” according to state Sen. Pam Helming, R-Canandaigua.

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