Tick Check: Why Lyme Disease Is On The Rise In Pennsylvania

Oct 6, 2015

Ticks under a microscope at researcher Tom Simmons' lab. Simmons has been studying ticks at Indiana University of Pennsylvania since 2001.
Credit Kara Holsopple / The Allegheny Front

Mary Beth Thakar is so passionate about getting the word out about Lyme disease, she wrote a song about it. Well, she re-wrote the lyrics to the tune “There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.”

The first verse goes like this: I know an old lady who was bit by a tick...or some kind of bug...maybe a tick. She might get sick.

Thakar was just diagnosed with Lyme this year, but she thinks she might have become infected about five years ago.

She’s certainly not alone. Since 2011, Pennsylvania has reported the most cases of Lyme disease in the country. And it’s only going up. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, there were 6,000 cases in 2013. A year later, it jumped to 7,500 cases.

Read the full story at the website of our partner The Allegheny Front.