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Pittsfield Health: Flu Has Rapidly Increased In Last Two Weeks

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.

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Pittsfield Health Officials Want To Curb Tick-borne Illnesses

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.

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Pittsfield Raises Concerns Over Rise in Tick-Borne Illnesses

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.

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