New Jersey State Health Commissioner Shereef Elnahal says check for ticks after being out in wooded areas. Tick-borne illness is on the rise.
“Ticks that transmit Lyme disease are active during the spring, summer, and the fall. But May, June, and July are the peak seasons, the peak months rather for transmission of tick-borne illness,” said Elnahal. “5,000 cases of Lyme disease were diagnosed in New Jersey last year. The highest total since the year 2000. Morris and Hunterdon County top the list in terms of the number of cases.”