Tick Talk: How to avoid a tick encounter

May 14, 2017

Camden — With tick populations in Maine soaring to record numbers, it is more important than ever to learn how to protect yourself, your family, and your pets from tick-borne disease.

Paula Jackson Jones will be at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday, May 23 at noon for an educational talk on “preventing a tick encounter.”

Midcoast Lyme Disease Support & Education is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that serves the needs of Midcoast Maine’s Lyme community. A Maine partner of the national Lyme Disease Association, their efforts are focused on raising awareness, fostering education, advocating for state and local change while providing resources and support to those affected by Lyme and tick-borne diseases.

Active year-round, holding monthly awareness events and prevention talks, quarterly educational workshops for medical providers, and yearly Lyme disease conferences bringing in local and nationwide expert speakers and vendors, they are the recipients of national and local educational grants two years in a row for their steadfast commitment to public awareness and community education and support. As members of Maine’s CDC Vector-borne Work group, they bring the voice of Maine’s Lyme community to the table. Active in Lyme legislation, they were instrumental in getting LD422 passed last summer, which allows doctors to treat chronic Lyme patients without fear of Medical Board disciplinary actions (Maine was the last state in New England to have such a law in place).

Jackson Jones, president and co-founder of MLDSE, a native of Nobleboro, is a survivor of a five-year battle with Late Stage Neurological Lyme Disease complicated by four co-infections — Babesia, Bartonella, Erlichiosis and Rocky Mountain Spotted fever, who went into remission in April 2014.

It was during her own battle that she noticed a need for information and connection to resources in the Midcoast area among those suffering from Lyme. She was introduced to Angele Rice, another Lyme survivor who lives in Bath and in May 2014, they co-founded Midcoast Lyme Disease Support & Education. It was through their own personal journeys that they began to gather resources to share with those around them. Their education and backgrounds in counseling and crisis management training combined with firsthand experience with tickborne diseases and what a Lyme patient goes through has made them the perfect resource for this community.

Their website holds a vast amount of information that is kept current and up-to-date with regards to symptoms, referrals for diagnosis, current treatment guidelines, prevention, state of Maine Lyme laws and physician education.

Midcoast Lyme Disease Support & Education is available year round for prevention and educational talks. For more information about MLDSE, visit their website at mldse.org To request a prevention talk for your group, please send an email to info@mldse.org.

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