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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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Adams Continues Progress With Syringe Disposal

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.

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Adams Parks Commission Approves Tick Signage

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.

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Adams Board of Health Mulls Improper Demolition

The Board of Health is mulling how to handle the unpermitted demolition of two structures on Cook Street last December. The contractors hired by the town neglected to properly permit the demolition and bait the building for rodents or check for toxic materials.

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