Spring is a great season to enjoy the outdoors; however, it is also a time when ticks are active. How can you protect your family and pets, from tick bites and prevent tick-borne diseases like Lyme, Babesiosis, and Anaplasmosis? The Harvard Board of Health and Conservation Commission are co-sponsoring this free presentation on the latest information from Dr. Katie Brown, MA Dept. of Public Health. The presentation will cover the life cycle of local ticks, local tick-borne diseases, disease transmission and symptoms in humans and pets, best practices to avoid tick bites, as well as efforts to control tick populations. There will also be a time for audience questions.
Dr. Katie Brown is the State Public Health Veterinarian at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, a position she has held since 2006. Following 8 years of clinical practice in wildlife medicine, she was awarded a Fellowship sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and prevention. In her current position she oversees surveillance and educational outreach on all zoonotic and vector-borne diseases.
This “Tick Talk” is free and open to the public, made possible by a grant from the Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund, managed by the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts and the Greater Lowell Community Foundation.