In just the last few weeks there has been a 44 percent increase in flu symptoms.
Public health nurse Kayla Donnelly-Winters said this year there have been 32 total cases of influenza confirmed in Pittsfield since Oct. 1. That is compared to just 15 in the same period of time last year. But the numbers had jumped in the last few weeks.
The Board of Health is considering its options to reduce the spread of tick-borne diseases.
The Health Department has been noticing a steady increase in tick-borne illnesses recently and is now wondering what options it has to help control it.
The Health Department has expressed concern with a growing number of tick-borne illnesses.
Public Health Nurse Kayla Donnelly-Winters cited rising numbers of human granulocytic anaplasmosis (HGA)and Lyme disease over the last three years. In 2014, she said there were 15 cases of HGA and 51 cases of Lyme. In 2016, the number of HGA was up to 17 and 82 for Lyme. The number of cases of HGA is already at 25 and there have been 74 cases of Lyme.
The Board of Health is making progress on disposing of discarded syringes.
Member Bruce Shepley told the board on Wednesday that collected syringes for the time being will be sent to the North Adams Ambulance Service.
The Parks Commission voted Wednesday to allow the Board of Health to place informational signs about ticks at town parks.
Board of Health member Bruce Shepley showed the commission a nationally distributed sign from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control that listed best practices on how to avoid and remove ticks and prevent Lyme disease.