Experts Urge Vigilance In Fighting Tick Bites

“Ticks are part of our landscape now, and they’re part of our lives, so if we like to be outside and enjoy all of what the outdoors has to offer, we need to be prepared to protect ourselves.”

Science Pub BING presents Ticks in our Town: What every Northeasterner Needs to Know

Here is the recorded Science Pub from June 9th
Ticks in our Town: What every Northeasterner Needs to Know

 

Join Dr. Amanda Roome, Bassett Research Institute, for a conversation and Q &A on ticks and how to prepare for summer. 

Everyone’s ready to get outside –– especially this year. If the spread of tick-borne disease has you worried, you’re not alone. But before you miss the beauty of the great Northeast in spring, let’s turn to science to explore:

Tick-borne diseases in our area
Seasonal hazards of exposure
Risk factors of Lyme disease
How to work safely outdoors
The role that deer and opossums play

Enjoy this science pub from the comfort of your home. RSVP HERE. 

Guest Speaker:

Dr. Amanda Roome is a Research Scientist at the Bassett Research Institute in Cooperstown, NY.  She has performed extensive field and laboratory research on tick-borne diseases in New York State since 2012, and has recently begun expanding her research throughout the Northeast.  Her research explores the risk of exposure to Lyme and other tick-borne pathogens, risk factors associated with Lyme infection, quality of life changes resulting from acute or chronic Lyme infection, and the occupational hazards of tick-borne disease exposure in forestry workers.

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NY Senators Question State’s Efforts To Fight Tick-Borne Illnesses

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s health commissioner received a grilling from state senators at a hearing this week on whether New York is doing enough to combat tick-borne illnesses. Health Commissioner Howard Zucker told the senators that this year, there are fewer deer ticks and fewer reported cases of Lyme disease in the state. But, he said, the number of Lone Star ticks is up. They can carry diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and even cause someone to become allergic to eating red meat. The health department also reported that they’ve found cases of the Powassan virus in ticks further upstate, this time in Saratoga County.

In The Dark Woods Of New England, Shedding Light On A Public Health Crisis

Ixodes scapularis, a blacklegged tick known to spread lyme disease in the northeastern regions of the United States. Photo by Macroscopic Solutions/flickr/CC BY-NC 2.0

 

Tune in for Science Friday today between 2-4pm to hear how scientists are racing the clock to learn more about the bacterium carried by the blacklegged tick. If you live in some of the more bucolic areas of New England or the upper Midwest you probably know that the price of living so close to nature is ticks carrying Lyme Disease. States like New York, Connecticut, Minnesota, Massachusetts are ground zero for a Lyme Disease epidemic that has been in full swing for several decades now. And despite the fact that tick borne disease is so familiar to people who live in these areas, most of us don’t know as much as we think we do about the nature of Lyme Disease.