HARRISBURG – The Senate Game and Fisheries Committee approved a resolution Tuesday that would encourage the PA Game Commission to add Lyme Disease education to the state’s mandatory Hunter-Trapper Education courses.
Senate Resolution 338, which is sponsored by Senator Richard Alloway II (R-33), would ensure that all licensed sportsmen are aware of the risks posed by Lyme Disease. The six-hour training class is required by law for all first-time hunters and trappers.
“Lyme Disease poses a number of significant and lasting health risks, and sportsmen should be aware of these dangers and symptoms before they head out into the field,” said Alloway, who serves as Chairman of the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee. “Early detection is the key to effective treatment.”
Lyme Disease is a potentially serious disease carried by deer ticks and is the most common tick-borne disease in the United States. In addition to a darkened area at the site of the tick that resembles a bull’s eye rash, symptoms can include fever, headache, joint pain and fatigue. Failure to adequately treat the disease may lead to long-term damage to the heart and central nervous system.
There were more than 4,000 confirmed cases of Lyme Disease in Pennsylvania in 2012.
Senate Resolution 338 was sent to the full Senate for consideration.