Area residents have been taking advantage of the summer weather and getting outdoors, but that also comes with some risks. The Tick-Borne Disease Prevention Laboratory at West Conn reported last month that sampling for deer ticks reached the highest population level recorded since field monitoring was initiated in 2011.
Danbury City Council Minority Leader Tom Saadi recently praised the City Health Department tick testing program. His family took advantage of the program.
Residents can submit ticks, for a $5 fee, to the Department for Lyme Disease testing, with results returned in writing from the state Agricultural Experiment Station.
Saadi says there was some anxiety until the negative results came in.
After being outdoors, people should check all exposed skin, bathe shortly after outdoor activity, and dry clothes on high heat after outdoor wear.