Penn State Extension has established a new team that focuses on diseases transmitted by ticks and mosquitos. To ensure that its efforts address community needs, the team is launching a survey, that will allow educators to deliver responsive programming to educate the public on vector-borne diseases and how to prevent them. Pennsylvania ranks among the top three states with the highest rates of tick-borne disease. In 2017, the Commonwealth had the highest incidence of Lyme disease cases in the U.S., with more than 9,000 (9,250) confirmed cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The Extension survey can be completed online at https://extension.psu.edu/tickborne-survey.
The American Red Cross is still in urgent need of all blood types. You have two chances to give the “Gift of Life” tomorrow. The Red Cross bloodmobile will be at the First United Methodist Church on East Third Street in Lewistown Thursday from 12:30 pm to 6:00 pm, and at the McVeytown Fire Hall on Route 522 South from 1:00 pm to 6:30 pm.