Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tick Talk: Lyme Disease in the Adirondack Park

#3 - HarringtonTicks carrying Lyme Disease are in the Adirondacks. Join The Wild Center and Paul Smith’s College at 1 pm on Saturday, December 6th, for a forum on Lyme Disease featuring five regional scientists and health professionals who will share their professional knowledge and expertise.

The presenters will include Brian Leydet from Trudeau Institute, Jennifer Gallagher from High Peaks Animal Hospital, Jonathan Krant from Adirondack Health, Tim Sellati from Trudeau Institute and David Patrick from the Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute.

After the forum there will be a complimentary coffee hour sponsored by Carpe Insectae which will provide an opportunity to chat with the presenters. Participants can also share their personal stories about Lyme Disease using a storytelling kiosk.

The event is free and open to the public. More information can be found online.

Photo by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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2 Responses

  1. Mary Warner Marien says:

    Hi–My husband was working outside earlier this week. Despite the copious snow in the western, he was bitten by a tick. The doc prescribed 2 tabs of Doxycycline (10mg) to be take together. Ticks are definitely in our part of the ADK. Mary Lou

  2. Rebecca Bennett says:

    I am so pleased to hear about this upcoming forum; it is essential that the public become educated about this serious public health issue. After years of not knowing why I was having wide-ranging scary symptoms, I was finally diagnosed with Lyme (and one of the co-infections) about 2 years ago. The original injection of bacteria most likely occurred about 18 years ago in Massachusetts. I have an excellent specialist caring for me, and will likely have a very good (if not complete) recovery, but it’s been a long road (and continues to be…). One of the MOST important things for people to know is that if you find a black-legged tick imbedded in your skin, you need to get medical attention as soon as possible. I live in northeast PA, where black-legged ticks are abundant, and thought it was just a matter of time before they arrived in the Adirondacks. I wish I could be at the forum. An excellent book on the subject is “Lyme Disease: The Ecology of a Complex System” by Richard S Ostfeld (Oxford University Press, 2011).