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Student art competition to raise awareness about ticks, Lyme disease

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As the number of Lyme disease cases in the state and across the nation continues to rise, officials from the departments of Health (DOH), Education (PDE), and Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) encouraged Pennsylvanians to participate in the 2022 Lyme Art Contest to promote awareness of the prevalence of ticks and the types of diseases they carry.

“Ticks that cause Lyme disease are found in every county and every green space, even in cities, which is why it is so important to know the proper steps to take to avoid getting a tick bite,” Acting Secretary of Health Keara Klinepeter said. “Through this art competition, we will be able to educate students and their parents on where ticks live and how to prevent getting a tick bite, furthering our commitment to promoting healthy behaviours and preventing diseases. This initiative serves as a consistent reminder to check yourself, your pets and your family for ticks after spending any amount of time outdoors.”

The art contest is open to children in first through sixth grade. Entries must be received by 5 p.m., March 11. Contest materials can be found on the Department of Health’s website at health.pa.gov.

The Lyme Art Contest was created in 2019 to educate children, scout troops, youth community programs, and their peers about where ticks are found and how to prevent encountering ticks in their habitat. This year’s finalists will be notified by mail and will be invited to an award ceremony in May.

“Ticks are prevalent nearly everywhere in the commonwealth, even in your own backyard, and it’s important for Pennsylvanians to remain vigilant when they’re enjoying outdoor recreation,” said Secretary of Education Dr. Noe Ortega. “The Lyme Art Contest is a great way to raise awareness by engaging teachers and students and using the arts to educate their communities.”


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