The PA Dept. of Environmental Protection is in the middle of a five year effort to assess the effects of Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses in the Commonwealth. The surveillance effort began in July of last year, with the goal of tracking the activity level of ticks at all stages of life. The effort, was one of several recommendations from the state's Lyme Disease Task Force. Pennsylvania continues to lead the nation in Lyme Disease cases according to the CDC, with over 9,200 confirmed in 2017.