Islanders and their friends are naturally curious with questions from personal health to a range of global issues. As the pivotal health provider, the Peaks Island Health Center offers community education programming on topics of both broad and specific health-related interest for individuals, their neighbors and family members. Often in collaboration with other organizations, these events can be lectures, informal talks or hand's-on opportunities such as blood pressure readings and hula hooping at PeaksFest. Past subjects have included the Vial for Life program, organ donation, end of life considerations and Alzheimer's Disease.
A community discussion:
DATE: THURSDAY, June 8, 2017
TIME: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
PLACE: COMMUNITY ROOM, PEAKS ISLAND
TICK SURVEY REPORT: Maine islands have an exceptionally high incidence of Lyme disease. Carried by the deer tick, Lyme in our area is on the rise. Reported cases skyrocketed in 2016. This year’s count is expected to top last year’s as the winter’s snow insulated and protected the dormant ticks.
A field biologist with the Maine Medical Center Research Institute’s “tick lab,” Chuck Lubelczyk investigates the spread of disease-carrying ticks and mosquitoes in Maine and the disease agents they carry. The lab also develops new strategies for tick control.
In a timely and penetrating presentation, Chuck will report on the 2016 Maine islands tick survey. A focus of his program is prevention, including such measures as spraying property while considering the environment, wearing protective clothing and being aware of the tick habitat. Learn about the ecology of the deer tick and the special problems related to ticks on Maine islands. Find out what you can do to reduce your exposure to vector-borne disease, as well as that of your family and pets.
This lecture is co-sponsored by PIHC and PEAT