Suffolk County Ticks

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Suffolk County Officials Warn Of Dangers Of Ticks This Summer

June 10, 2018 - 3:32 pm

SMITHTOWN, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- Suffolk County health officials are warning about the dangers of ticks this summer season.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, the dangerous bugs can be active when the temperature is above 40 degrees. Ticks can cause many diseases, including Lyme disease, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone emphasized.

“The disease rates have tripled over the last decade, and it’s become an increasingly challenging issue and problem,” Bellone said, “and it’s not just Lyme disease. We’re now associating more than, almost 10 diseases.”

Bellone said there are simple things you can do to protect yourself and your children.

Suffolk County Tick Warning
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“You know, just making sure when you’re in wooded areas, you’re coming out, you’re constantly checking yourself; making sure, that, you know, you don’t have ticks on you; that you’re checking yourself later as well,” he said.