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Penn State Extension Webinar Series Highlights Tick Safety in Pennsylvania

By Margaret Allen
Pennsylvania is ranked No. 1 in the nation for tick-borne diseases. Penn State Extension’s educators are hosting a webinar series on ticks and tick-borne diseases this week and next, as part of National Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Several species of ticks are of concern to both people and animals, and several pathogens are associated with those ticks. The “Tick Webinar Series” is designed to educate the public about tick species and identification, vector-borne diseases, tick ecology, and ways to keep people and animals safe. The first one is tomorrow, Wednesday May 12th; “Vector-Borne Disease Basics” will provide a brief introduction to the terms, impacts and relevance of vector-borne diseases. On Thursday “Protecting Yourself from Tick Bites” will teach participants the three steps to help reduce the risk of contracting tick-borne diseases: avoidance, prevention and reduction. The third and final session is next Tuesday May 18th. “Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Diseases” will introduce participants to signs and symptoms, diagnostic tools, treatment and prevention of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases. The webinars begin at 11 a.m. and last for approximately one hour. You can register for the webinars here: http://extension.psu.edu/tick-webinars