(WBNG) — Multiple departments from the state government would like to remind New Yorkers about the dangers of ticks and tick-borne illnesses as the weather outside gets warmer.
The New York State Department of Health, Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation say the state has seen an average of more than 5,500 new cases of Lyme disease since reporting of the disease began in 1986.
They say that number has been increasing every year.
The departments say the following can help reduce your chance of getting bitten by a tick:
- wear long sleeves and pants
- check for ticks often
- use repellents such that contain DEET, picaridan, or IR3535
The health department says tick bites can cause flu-like symptoms or rashes and advises that if you developing these symptoms, to contact your health care provider immediately.