The APC hosts a public forum on tick-borne diseases

Small Ticks, Big Problems

The Accabonac Protection Committee will host a public forum on the dangers and misconceptions of ticks. The event will take place at 5:30 PM in Ashawagh Hall in Springs on Monday, August 20.

Cornell University’s Dr. Tamson Yeh will discuss the science and biology of common tick species. Dr. Anne Marie Wellins, who serves on the advisory panel of the Regional Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, will talk about the medical science of tick-borne diseases.

The presentations will conclude with Peconic Baykeeper Sean O’Neal, an expert on pesticides. He will give his insight on eco-friendly and chemical tick controls. The event will be moderated by Zachary Cohen of the Suffolk County Tick Control Advisory Committee.

Following the presentations, there will be a 30-minute Q&A session with the audience, which will be moderated by Edwina von Gal and Dr. Christine Ganitsch. In addition, infection prevention specialist Rebecca Young, RN, BSN, will be available to answer any questions at a Tick Info Table at the forum. Young is also a member of the hospital’s resource center.

Admission to the forum is free. For information, email or call the group’s president, Francesca Rheannon at 631-268-9131.