Tick Talk: Panel to Discuss Ticks, Disease

Experts speak July 2 at Desmond-Fish Library

The Desmond-Fish Library will offer a Tick Talk panel discussion at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 2. A panel of experts will present the most current information on ticks, the pathogens they carry and treatments or resulting illnesses.

The panel includes Matt Decker, Hudson Highlands Land Trust stewardship coordinator, who will share his knowledge of how ticks fit into the food web, their life cycle and factors that effect their populations and rates of Lyme infection.

Dr. Matt Frye is an extension educator with the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program at Cornell University. Frye’s presentation will cover identification and basic biology of the four common tick species in the area. Information on how individuals can avoid ticks with personal protection and habitat management will also be discussed.

Putnam County Health Department’s Kristine Boyle, health educator, and Rachel Gressel, senior public health nurse, will discuss ticks and the diseases they can carry as a public health concern, the importance of prevention measures, and tick-borne illness treatment.

The Desmond-Fish Library is located at 472 Route 403 (at the corner of 9D) in Garrison. For more information about the library’s upcoming programs, visit desmondfishlibrary.org or call 845-424-3020.

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