5 Summer Woes Affecting Citizens

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Summer is a favorite time of year for most people, but 2017 offers five summer woes too hard for citizens to ignore.

During the summer of 2017, the following five woes plagued U.S. cities.

#1 The Spike in Poison Ivy

As the climate changes, the number of people seeking treatment for poison ivy has nearly doubled at the Medical University of South Carolina since 2013, according to The State. In other places, increased rain is also a factor.

Access 5 things you need to know about poison ivy.

Find out how to remove it from landscape.

Share this guide on how to recognize it.

#2 More Diseases from Tick Bites

If Lyme’s Disease wasn’t enough, an increased risk of Powassan virus and becoming allergic to eating meat are just two more woes generated in 2017 by the scourge of ticks.

#3 The Extreme Heat

The temperatures may be most out of control in the Southwest, so Phoenix, Ariz., has lessons for any city looking to beat the heat.

#4 Needles at Beaches

A byproduct of the growing opioid epidemic, communities struggle with stray needles and proposals to offer sharps containers. Having a child step on a stray needle at the beach, park or even on a sidewalk is likely a reason for most parent’s anxiety this summer.

#5 Fears of Deportation & Racism

Everywhere people are discussing immigration rules, or are hiding in churches in fear or reacting to what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia, over a Confederate statue the city wants to relocate.

The biggest summer woe may be the fear of strife over deportation and the struggles of racism.

New woe emerges full force in 2018:

The Bed Bugs Scourge Taking Cities by Surprise

 

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