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Lyme Disease Is On The Rise In New Jersey, Health Officials Warn

May 21, 2018 - 12:53 pm
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PARSIPPANY, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- Last year New Jersey saw the most cases of Lyme disease since 2000, and health officials are warning that if the warm weather lasts as long as it did last year, this season could be just as bad.

Morris County had a record number of Lyme disease cases, and the most in New Jersey last year. Senator Bob Menendez was there to sound the alarm for this season, which is already underway.

"We need to get a better understanding of Lyme disease, we need more effective ways to test for Lyme disease, and above all we need more aggressive strategies to prevent the spread," he said.

Menendez said the federal dollars are there to study Lyme disease, but prevention is key.

New Jersey Health Commissioner, Dr. Shareef Elnahal said tucking pants into socks and avoiding tall grass are two steps people can take.

"Go with repellent, do tick checks," he said.

He also suggested using fine point tweezers immediately if you do see one.