Showing of Under Our Skin Thursday May 25, 2017 at 5:30pm Sayre Public Library 122 S Elmer Ave, Sayre, PA 18840
In honor of Lyme Disease Awareness month, Carantouan Greenway and Valley Lyme Disease Support Group are hosting a free showing of the award winning documentary Under Our Skin. Under Our Skin exposes the hidden story of Lyme Disease, one of the most serious and controversial epidemics of our time. The Centers for Disease Control estimates more than 300,000 people acquire Lyme disease each year, a number greater than breast cancers and AIDS combined. Pennsylvania is #1 in reported Lyme Disease cases in the nation, with over 12,000 cases reported in 2016, and experts are forecasting a major increase in 2017. The movie will be shown on Thursday May 25, 2017 at Sayre Public Library at 5:30pm. Attendance is limited to 25 persons. Contact John Palmer at 570-888-0841, to reserve a seat.
Biological and Ecological Aspects of Lyme and Similar Tick-associated Diseases Thursday, June 15, 2017 Starts at 7:00pm Hubbard Auditorium, Tioga County Building 2nd Floor 56 Main Street, Owego, NY 13827
Dr. Julian Shepherd, associate professor of biology at Binghamton University, will address biological and ecological aspects of Lyme and similar diseases, and Dr. Michael Leonard, medical director of BU Health Services, will address medical and epidemiological aspects of these diseases. Lyme disease is vectored by black-legged ticks (alias deer ticks), which have only become widespread in our area in the last 6-8 years. These ticks also vector several other less widespread diseases, such as anaplasmosis and babesiosis. While rarely lethal, all of these diseases can have painful short-term and serious long-term effects. We will discuss the involvement of wild mammals, especially mice and deer, in spreading the disease, impact of the disease on humans, and measures to avoid or reduce the incidence and effects of disease.
Sponsored by the Sierra Club Tioga County Task Force and RAFT (Residents Allied for the Future of Tioga). For more information, contact: Erin Riddle, firstname.lastname@example.org, 607-372-5503 (texts accepted).
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