CHAMBERSBURG – Franklin County Commissioners declared the month of May 2019 as Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Franklin County.
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by the bite of a tick. Pennsylvania is ranked number one in reported cases of Lyme disease in the US for the 8th year running.
“Franklin County recognizes the need for education and awareness to prevent the spread of Lyme disease and other tick and mosquito-borne illnesses,” said Commissioner Chairman Dave Keller, “We are grateful to have experts in the field to aid us.”
Renee Sharpe, President of the Chambersburg Lyme Alliance, discussed the structure of Lyme disease and how it affects the body. Her non-profit organization focuses on education and awareness to reduce the risk of contracting the disease.
“I have so many friends who have developed Lyme Disease. Expanding the mosquito program to include tick-borne disease was a no brainer as our county is affected in a major way,” said Commissioner Bob Thomas.
Franklin County’s new Mosquito and Tick-Borne Control Specialist, Jason Goetz will be conducting research, mitigating issues and offering public outreach to educate residents about mosquito and tick-borne illnesses and how to prevent them.