So far this year, 10 cases of Lyme disease have been confirmed in the state, compared to 15 at the same point last year, according to Melanie Amato, a spokeswoman for the health department.
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But experts say the figures could be much higher because many infections go unreported or misdiagnosed.
Locally, the health department has confirmed less than 10 cases of Lyme disease in the area in each of the past three years. But health officials remain on alert for any surge in the number of cases.
“We haven’t had many calls so far this spring related to ticks, but the more people get outdoors and become exposed to the ticks’ habitat, we’re likely get more calls,” said Tom Hut of Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County.
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To avoid infection, Hut recommends that homeowners keep the vegetation in their yards under control and keep a sharp eye on their pets.
“The more vegetation, the more likelihood of ticks being present,” he said. “We recommend that people keep their grass cut, and just create a barrier between the more vegetated areas, and where they are more active in their yards. People also need to protect their pets from ticks so they don’t bring them into the home.”