Insect-borne diseases currently addressed at Erie County Department of Health include Lyme disease and West Nile virus.
Ticks and Lyme Disease
The Erie County Department of Health provides education to the public on ticks and Lyme disease by identifying tick species for individuals that find ticks on themselves, family members or pets. Remove an attached tick by placing tweezers parallel to the skin and pulling gently on the head. Store the tick in a small bag or sealed container. Please do not put tape over the tick.
Bring the tick to the Erie County Department of Health at 606 West Second Street for identification between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. After identification, education will be provided on the risk of transmission of Lyme disease.
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Northwest Pennsylvania Tick Taskforce
The Erie County Department of Health participates in the Northwest Pennsylvania Tick Taskforce, along with Regional Science Consortium, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Mercyhurst University, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Pennsylvania SeaGrant and Penn State Extension.
By collaborating with these partners, we aim to more widely educate and inform residents about ticks and tickborne illnesses. Current projects include development of signage and educational material, research, tick identification and tick awareness initiatives throughout Erie County.
Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus
The Erie County Department of Health is responsible for the control of West Nile virus in Erie County. West Nile virus is transmitted by mosquitoes. The virus is monitored by trapping mosquitoes and collecting dead birds, and it is controlled by eliminating standing water.