Pennsylvania is conducting a five-year tick surveillance


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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is conducting a five-year surveillance to assess the risk of tickborne illnesses statewide, starting last July in coordination with county governments.

Ticks are collected with white felt drags that sample low-lying ground cover for questing ticks (the first pair of legs is outstretched, waiting to climb onto the host).

Fall and winter surveillance focused on adult blacklegged ticks in public habitats like parks and playgrounds.

The spring and summer surveillance will collect the blacklegged tick in its immature nymphal stage, which causes the most illness, as well as the adult American dog tick and adult lone star tick.



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