FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Next Wednesday, June 28 at 7 p.m. the public is invited to a forum on how to stay safe from ticks during the summer months at the Franklin Township Municipal Building. 

“While it is a good idea to take preventive measures against ticks year-round, it’s important to be extra vigilant during the warmer months from April to September when ticks are most active,” said Freeholder Patricia Walsh, public health and safety liaison. “Reducing exposure to ticks is the best defense against Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and other tick-borne infections.  Being informed is the best way you and your family can take control.” 

Infections from tick-borne diseases in the U.S. are steadily increasing and new tick-borne diseases have been discovered in recent years, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

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The forum is hosted by the Somerset County Department of Health and will provide attendees with preventative tips and resources on tick control. 

Area experts on ticks, including representatives from the Rutgers Center for Vector Biology, will share information on: 

  • Lyme and other tick-borne diseases
  • Helping your family avoid ticks
  • Making your yard a tick-safe zone
  • Protecting your pet     

For more information, call the Somerset County Department of Health at 908-231-7155 or email HealthDept@co.somerset.nj.us.

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