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Disease-Carrying Ticks Can Stay Active in Fall, NY Warns

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    6 Tips to Prevent Lyme Disease

    An estimated 300,000 people in the United States are infected with Lyme disease each year. Here are some helpful tips that can help your family prevent tick bites which can reduce your risk of Lyme disease.

    (Published Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017)

    New York health officials are warning state residents that disease-carrying ticks might still be active this fall.

    Ticks can remain active until temperatures drop below about 40 degrees. So officials say it's important to take precautions and perform tick checks after being outdoors even as the weather cools down.

    Lyme disease-causing bacteria are spread by blacklegged ticks, which are common around the state.

    More recently, the state has confirmed several cases of Powassan virus, a tick-borne illness. There has been one confirmed case in Dutchess County and three cases in Saratoga County.

    A 74-year-old man died this year in Saratoga County after contracting Powassan virus.


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