Lyme disease has become more prevalent in Eastern Wisconsin in the last few years and Kewaunee County is trying to help combat it. The Kewaunee County Public Health Department (KCPHD) is handing out free “Fight the Bite” kits to show how to protect yourself from tick and mosquito bites. Cindy Kinnard, Director of the KCPHD, says Lyme disease has become much more prevalent in Eastern Wisconsin since about 2003. Before that, it was really only found in the western part of the state. The kits include insect repellant, tweezers and alcohol wipes in them, things you need to remove a tick from your skin. Kinnard says that Lyme disease needs to be taken seriously as it can cause long-term effects.
The kits also contain education information about Lyme disease and West Nile Virus which is transmitted through mosquitos. They can be picked up from the Kewaunee County Public Health Department at 810 Lincoln St in Kewaunee.