- Opioid Epidemic
- Tick-Borne Diseases
- Carbon, Monroe, and Pike Mental Health Developmental Services
- Delaware River Basin
Pike County commissioners created a Task Force to assist residents with these issues on May 20, 2015. For information, visit https://www.pikepa.org/tick.html.
As the Pike County commissioners’ resolution notes, the frequency of diagnosed and reported tick related diseases have risen greatly over recent years. In 2013, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a report stating that preliminary estimates show that around 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease annually. This was approximately 10 times higher than the number of cases previously reported to the CDC every year.
In the last five years, Pennsylvania ranked highest in the country in the number of confirmed cases of tick borne diseases. Cases are easily misdiagnosed.
By their resolution, the commissioners urge every citizen to make it a habit to check for ticks after spending time outdoors. Early spring through late fall, as well as during a warmer winter season, increases the risk of ticks.