Questions about Ticks and Lyme Disease? This Presentation Answers Your Questions!
Rockport, ME – Join us on May 8th from 4pm-6pm at the Rockland City Hall, Council Chambers, 270 Pleasant Street, Rockland for a Lyme disease prevention forum. The forum, sponsored by Knox County Community Health Coalition, the local Healthy Maine Partnership serving Knox County, Knox County EMA, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) and the city of Rockland, is free and open to the public. These agencies have joined together to increase awareness of Lyme disease, and to provide education to the public – specifically about prevention and early identification of Lyme disease and about the work going on in Maine surrounding Lyme disease.
A panel of Lyme disease experts, including: Megan Kelley, Infectious Disease Epidemiologist Maine CDC, Kyle Ravenna, Maine State Deer Biologist, Lebelle Hicks, Maine State Bureau of Pesticides, Ted St.Amand, President, Atlantic Pest Solutions, Paul McFarland of Tick Talk, Yvette Lahaye, Searsport Veterinary Hospital and Eleanor la Combe, Maine Medical Center Research Institute will be attending to provide information and answer questions.
Lyme disease is a growing concern in Maine, reaching a record high in 2013. In Knox County, Lyme disease has increased steadily in recent years and has reported rates higher than the state average every year since 2008. In 2013, Knox County had 95 reported cases, more than twice the State rate of 103.6 cases per 100,000 and a record rate for the county. In addition to Lyme disease, reported cases of Babesiosis and Anaplasmosis (two other tick borne diseases) are increasing and the first case of Powassan, another tick borne disease, was reported in 2013.
Most Lyme disease infections in Maine occur during the summer months. With warmer weather here and summer around the corner, the forum is a good opportunity to learn about various ways to help protect you and your family from getting Lyme disease. The disease is a bacterial infection that is carried by the deer tick and most commonly affects school age children, middle age adults and adults over the age of 65.
Please contact Connie Putnam, Director, Knox County Community Health Coalition at