NJDOH Tick Awareness

NJDOH Tick Awareness


New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner
Dr. Shereef Elnahal was joined by Freeholders Patrick Impreveduto and Gerry Scharfenberger
at Shark River Park to raise awareness of tick-borne illnesses and inform the public
on how they can be better protected from ticks. “Monmouth County is the only county in the
state to have an active surveillance program for ticks. Where we actively go out, search for the ticks, find them. Bring them back to the lab and test them” “Ticks transmit disease throughout the year;
it’s not only in the summer, that’s not the case The period of time throughout the year where
instance of disease is getting longer and longer every year” “What I want to stress is not only check yourself
but your children. Please check your children and your pets,
that is paramount” Officials also gave a short demonstration
on comb tall grass and bushes for ticks So far this year over 2,000 Lyme Disease cases
have been reported across the state. The New Jersey health department urges those
entering a tick habitat to take the steps that can lead to Lyme disease prevention. If you do find a tick attached to you do not
to use petroleum jelly, chemicals or hot objects to remove ticks. The health department emphasizes that fine
point tweezers are the safest way to go.