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FREE “TICK TALK” TO INFORM THE AREA ON TICKS AND DISEASES THEY CAN CARRY
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MaineLyme, whose mission is to decrease the prevalence of Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses in the State of Maine through awareness, prevention, education and advocacy, will be hosting a Tick Talk informational conference on Wednesday, May 24th from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at The Millennium Event Center on the Oxbow Road in Palmyra. The conference is being co-sponsored by Jason and Kim Lovley, owners of Tick’d Off, a Newport based tick prevention and control company and the Millennium Event Center in Palmyra.  
Guest speaker and Maine Lyme Medical Advisor, Dr. Beatrice Szantry, is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, has been actively engaged in study and research into Lyme disease and related tick-borne disorders, as well as educating and raising awareness about these diseases, since 1994. Dr. Szantyr has lectured to professional and community groups throughout New England. She is a member of the Maine CDC Vector-borne Disease Work-group, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society, was on the Board of Directors of the former Lyme Digital Library, and serves on the Penquis District Public Health Coordinating Council, among other professional and community groups.
Founding MaineLyme Director Constance “Happy” Dickey, RN has been studying and teaching about Lyme disease since 1999. Happy has been attending national conferences since 2000 and currently facilitates support groups in person and online. She and fellow MaineLyme members participate in community outreach and medical education programs, bringing more awareness about tick borne diseases to Maine communities.
While Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease, there are several other diseases that can be transmitted during the bite of an infected tick. Not all ticks are infected, and not all ticks have or transmit all co-infections equally. Co-infections can result in a more severe acute illness. When one is aggressively treated for Lyme, and is not able to achieve a resolution of symptoms, they should be highly suspicious of a co-infection.
Along with the many co-infections, there have recently been tick borne pathogens discovered and reported from around the country.
For more information on the upcoming TickTalk, contact Jason Lovley at 207-416-9944. The event is free and the public is welcome to attend. MaineLyme is a 501 C 3 organization. For more information, visit their website at www.MaineLyme.org.