Wolf Administration Announces Winning Student Art Contest to Raise Awareness of Ticks and Lyme Disease

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Wolf administration officials from the Departments of Health (DOH), Education (PDE), and Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) today announced nine Lyme Art Contest student winners 2022 to promote awareness of the prevalence of ticks and the types of diseases they carry.

“The ticks that cause Lyme disease are found in every county and every green space, even in cities, which is why it’s so important to know the right steps to take, even at a young age, to avoid getting bitten by a tick,” said Dr Wendy Braund, assistant secretary for health preparedness and community protection at the Department of Health. “This art contest provides an opportunity to educate students and their parents about where ticks live and how to prevent tick bites and reinforces our commitment to promoting healthy behaviors and preventing disease. creatively. This initiative serves as a constant reminder for yourself, your family and your pets for ticks after spending time outdoors.

The Lyme Art Contest was created in 2019 to educate children, scout troops, community youth programs and their peers about where ticks are found and how to avoid encountering ticks in their habitat . Submissions were received in March 2022 from grades one through six students across the state. All winning artwork will be displayed in the Capitol Building outside of the Senate Fountain area from Wednesday, May 25 through Wednesday, June 8.

There were three awards for each of the following score ranges, totaling nine winners:

First and second year winners:

  • 1st Place — Theodore Smith, Camp Hill
  • 2nd Place — Kennedy Clay, Washington Crossing
  • 3rd Place — Abigail Wilt, East Berlin

Third and fourth year winners:

  • 1st place – Supriya Reddy, Orefield
  • 2nd Place — Shilpa Reddy, Orefield
  • 3rd Place — Emmalyn Matthews, Strongstown

Fifth and sixth year winners:

  • 1st Place — Nolan Etters, Clearfield
  • 2nd Place — Hugh Shields, Lewisburg
  • 3rd Place — Magdalena Hess, New Providence

“As we rediscover the healing properties of nature and prepare to spend more time outdoors, it is important that we help educators and students access appropriate health and safety measures,” said Acting Education Secretary Eric Hagarty. “The annual Lyme Disease Poster Contest helps raise awareness of nature’s friends and foes, understanding tick habitats and Lyme disease transmission.”

In Pennsylvania, up to 10,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported annually, and more likely go unreported. Most cases of Lyme disease can be successfully treated with a short course of antibiotics. However, if the infection is left untreated, it can spread to the joints, heart, and nervous system.

Ticks are usually found in shrubs, weeds, fallen leaves and tall grass, but can be found anywhere there is grass. It is therefore important to take the appropriate measures to reduce the risk of being bitten. Outside, cover exposed skin, wear light colors to help detect ticks, and use insect repellent with 20% or more DEET. Use permethrin spray on shoes, clothing, and gear before spending time outdoors. After going outside, carefully examine yourself, your children and your pets for ticks and remove any that are attached. Then take a shower to help remove any ticks you may have missed. You can also throw your clothes in the dryer using high heat to help kill any remaining ticks.

DOH, PDE and DCNR leaders are encouraging Pennsylvanians to be safe while enjoying the outdoors and reminding people of the benefits of recreating outdoors despite the risk of tick-borne illnesses. These benefits include:

  • Improve cardiovascular health;
  • Strengthen muscles and bones;
  • Reduce the risk of suffering from chronic diseases;
  • Reduce stress levels and improve mental health; and
  • Become more socially connected.

“Raising awareness about ticks, Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses through this contest is a creative way to help people know that if they take preventative action, they can still be safe. safety and having fun outdoors,” DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said. . “In national and community parks and forests, a few simple steps can help ensure that our visitors are spending the time in nature so essential to our well-being. We are grateful for the partnership within our state agencies to help reinforce this important message.

For more information on Lyme disease, visit the Department of Health website or follow the Department of Health on Facebook and Twitter.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Mark O’Neill, DOH

Casey Smith, EDP

Wesley Robinson, DCNR

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