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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio health officials are urging people to be more aware of the threat of tick-carried Lyme disease.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that federal funding cuts resulted in an end to a statewide program on tick and mosquito surveillance. But the Ohio Department of Health says it will help guide local health departments on surveillance efforts.

The state department has been reaching out to the public in a variety of ways, including at the Ohio State Fair, through legislators and with education of health care workers.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently confirmed that incidence of Lyme disease is a big public health problem, occurring much more often than previously estimated.

Lyme disease hasn't been on many Ohio doctors' radar, after relatively few cases in the state.

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