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Tick-borne illnesses surging in Tompkins County: What do you need to know?

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Cases of tick-borne diseases have seen a significant rise in Tompkins County, with reported Lyme disease cases soaring from 265 in 2022 to 535 in 2023 by the end of August, according to the New York State Department of Health.


The Ithaca Voice reported the surge, which mirrors a broader national trend where tick-related ailments have approximately doubled in the past 20 years.

Other diseases carried by ticks, such as babesiosis and anaplasmosis, have also experienced upticks, with the former almost tripling and the latter rising by one-third.

Despite the alarming rise, Dr. Bill Klepack, Medical Director for Tompkins County Whole Health, tells The Voice residents to continue enjoying outdoor activities while taking preventive measures.

The heightened prevalence of these diseases, Klepack notes, underscores the urgency for heightened public awareness on preventative strategies.