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Possible Lyme Disease Case Reported at Water Dog Lake

Two to three percent of the ticks throughout the area carry Lyme disease, although testing indicates that rates are higher for certain trails in the Waterdog Lake Open Space.

Ticks   Patch file photo
Ticks Patch file photo
Earlier this week, the the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District reported to Belmont city officials that a Belmont resident may have contracted Lyme disease from a tick in Water Dog Lake Open Space.

According to Belmont City Manager Greg Scoles's Weekly Update newsletter, city staff is coordinating with the District and signs are posted at the trailheads warning users about ticks along with tick identification cards.

City officials say that it appears that two to three percent of the ticks throughout the area carry Lyme disease, although testing earlier this week by the District indicated that rates are higher for certain trails in Water Dog Lake Open Space.

More information is expected next week from the Vector Control District, and crews will begin small-scale spraying along the trails where they found a high numbers of ticks. Warning signs, like the one above, will be posted at Belmont trailheads. 

The City of Belmont has been informing people and assisting the District with its control efforts. 

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