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TICK CHECK! A Program on Human Insect-Borne Diseases

Posted March 18, 2014, at 2:43 p.m.

Saturday, April 5, 2014 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location: Maine Forest Service , 87 Airport Road , Old Town , Maine

Hirundo Wildlife Refuge Old Town/Alton and Penobscot Valley Chapter of Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine are offering “Tick Check”, a program on human insect-borne diseases on Saturday, April 5, 2014 10 AM – Noon at the Maine Forest Service Central Region Headquarters in Old Town, Maine. Many of us who spend time in the outdoors have noticed an increase in the number of ticks in our region. At the same time, we have heard numerous reports about increasing cases of Lyme disease and other insect-borne diseases. This program provides an opportunity to learn current information that will help to better enjoy the outdoors and our woods. The program will include a review of tick and mosquito-borne diseases that are of concern in Maine, a demonstration of tick identification and a discussion of methods for disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Presenters will include:

Sara Robinson, Insect-Vector Epidemiologist at Maine Center for Disease Control; Jim Dill Entomologist at University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Craig Curtis, MD Family Medicine.

Directions: Take Route I-95 North or South to Old Town exit 197. Travel in easterly direction toward Old Town. Turn left at the DeWitt Airfield entrance. Turn right at the sign for the Maine Forest Service. Registration is encouraged by April 1, 2014. Please respond by e-mail to Larry Beauregard, Penobscot Valley Chapter Leader, at redspruce@myfairpoint.net.

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