Ulster County Executive Mike Hein and Health Commissioner Dr. Carol Smith “Sign Up” to Prevent Lyme Disease

Posted July 2, 2013

It is important to take proper precautions while enjoying beautiful outdoors.

Town of Ulster, NY – Ulster County Executive Mike Hein and Ulster County Health Commissioner Dr. Carol Smith visited SojournerTruth Park in the Town of Ulster to post signs urging visitors to take sensible precautions to avoid tick bites which may cause Lyme and other tick borne diseases. Their visit coincides with distribution by the Ulster County Department of Health of similar signs to municipalities throughout Ulster County.

“Ulster County has unparalleled natural resources and incredible outdoor recreation areas. We want to make sure that residents and visitors alike enjoy them safely. The Be Tick Free signs that we are posting display sensible precautions and measures that can help ensure a great, tick free, outdoor experience,” said County Executive Mike Hein.

“As we know, ticks can carry one or more pathogens that may cause Lyme or other diseases. Prevention is still the most effective way that people can protect themselves from these potential illnesses. The precautionary steps are easy to follow and, if practiced consistently, they can help people enjoy the outdoors without worry,” said Ulster County Commissioner or Health Dr. Smith.

Exposure to infected ticks, especially on the east coast of the United States, has increased significantly over the last few years. Ticks can carry Lyme and other serious illnesses, such as Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. The Centers for Disease Control, the New State Department of Health, and the Ulster County Department of Health, recommend the following precautions that people can use to protect themselves and their families from the possibility of contracting a tick borne disease:

  • While out walking or hiking, stay on clear well-travelled paths.
  • Cover up and wear light colored clothing to spot ticks easily.
  • Use insect/tick repellant, as directed.
  • Keep the grass and brush around your home trim and clear, especially where children play.
  • Shower as soon as possible after spending time outdoors.
  • Most importantly, check everyone for ticks, including pets, at the end of each day.
  • Remove all ticks promptly and properly
  • Safe tick removal instructions can be found online at: http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/lyme/lyme_disease_alert.gif

For more information, please call the Ulster County Department of Health/Health Education Unit at (845)334-5527.