Lyme Disease is the most prevalent infectious disease in Massachusetts and is now considered to be a public health crisis. In addition to Lyme, deer ticks can carry the pathogens which cause Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, Relapsing Fever and Powassan virus, all of which can be very serious and are on the increase. This program will review the basic life cycle and ecology of deer ticks, incidence rates and distribution of tick-borne illnesses, in addition to a database under development on infection rates of ticks. A three point protection plan will be presented: Protect Yourself, Protect Your Yard and Protect your Pet. Tick-borne diseases are preventable.
Catherine M. Brown, DVM, MSc, MPH is the Deputy State Epidemiologist/State Public Health Veterinarian. She will provide an overview of surveillance data collected on tick-borne diseases in Massachusetts residents.
Larry Dapsis has been an entomologist since age five. He has a B.S. in Environmental Science & Biology from Fitchburg State University and a Master's in Entomology from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. He has thirty five years of professional pest management experience, including vegetables, cranberries and household Insects. He joined Cape Cod Cooperative Extension in 2011 as the Deer Tick Project Coordinator and Entomologist, and is a member of the Barnstable County Task Force on Lyme and other Tick-Borne Diseases.
This program is sponsored by the Friends of MHL and the Andover Health Department. It will be recorded for rebroadcast and posted online at andovertv.org.