Over 100 people packed the Grange for the special Lyceum on Tuesday, June 25, “A Ticking Time Bomb: The Tick Crisis in the Adirondacks.” Our panel covered the ecology and science of ticks and their spread in the region, how to protect yourself from ticks, what to do if you find an attached tick, the medical aspects of tick-borne illnesses, and treatment options. We welcomed Dr. Lee Ann Sporn, Biology professor and Coordinator of Human Health and the Environment at Paul Smith’s College; Dr. Keith Collins, Specialist in Infectious Disease at UVM Health Network-CVPH; and Susan Allot, Director of Public Health Unit, Essex County Health Department.
The information provided was comprehensive and enlightening for everyone in attendance and a lively discussion period followed. Here are links to Dr. Sporn’s presentation and to the Tick-Borne Diseases web page from the Essex County Health Department.
Presentation by Dr. Lee Ann Sporn: “The Ecology of Tick-Borne Diseases in the Adirondacks”
The County Health Department distributes Tick Kits with an info brochure and a tick remover. To obtain one, contact Susan Allot, firstname.lastname@example.org. Sue is also available to speak to community groups.
Thank you to our speakers for their time and efforts to educate our community. Tick-borne illnesses are on the rise in the Champlain Valley so please learn how to protect yourself, your family, and your pets.