Why aren't ticks bites considered an imminent threat like hurricanes and mosquitoes?

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Why aren't ticks bites considered an imminent threat like hurricanes and mosquitoes? Ever hear about the frog sitting in a slow heating pot of water? As the story goes, if the water is heated slow enough, the frog won't recognize the danger until it's too late. According to NY State Law, an imminent threat is "a wide spread or severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property resulting from any natural or man-made causes [1]." 

We need to stop tick bites now. As the water warms, we are the frogs blinking our eyes. Let's turn up the heat, not of climate change, but in declaring that ticks bites are an imminent threat, enabling improved resource response (not just for Suffolk County, but for all of New York).

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Please sign this petition to show your support. In the meantime, I will be contacting local officials to build support.  I have the letter addressed to the Suffolk County Health Commissioner, but there are others government which I believe can declare of tick bites as an imminent threat to citizens. Let's get the conversation started.



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