Tick-Borne Illness Warning in NYC

here is a tick-borne illness warning to those living in the metropolitan area.

The threat is so severe that U.S. Senator, Chuck Schumer, is calling on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to address the threat.

Deer ticks have been found in various parts of New York City. The number of cases of Lyme Disease in NYC and Long Island has increase by 5 times over the last several years. Along with Lyme Disease, ticks also carry more dangerous illnesses such as  the Powassan virus. This virus is more severe than Lyme Disease because 1/3 of these cases are fatal. The virus is not easily detectable and there is no treatment.

The CDC stated that because Powassan has no treatment, the best way to prevent it is to protect yourself from tick bites altogether. Use insect repellants when going outdoors, especially in grassy/woody areas, do not walk through tall grass, wear light-colored long sleeves and pants and check your pets for ticks regularly.

The Senator is calling for the CDC to study tick-borne illnesses such as the Powassan virus and how they are spread.

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In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP