REGIONAL TICK-BORNE DISEASE RESOURCE CENTER

The scope of the Regional Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center took a big leap forward in 2017 in its fourth season.

The scope of the Regional Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center took a big leap forward in 2017 in its fourth season.  The call volume to our “Help Line” more than doubled over the prior year and Rebecca Young, RN, BSN spoke with 900+ callers seeking advice.  Our physicians spoke at 34 community venues all over Eastern Long Island reaching 1,000 residents and visitors.  500 tick removal kits were supplied to every school nurse at all 150 public and private schools in Suffolk County.  Another 3,000 tick removal kits were distributed to community members.  In support of good medicine and making the latest information available to physicians, clinicians and patients, we continued participation in an ongoing NIH-funded study at Rutgers-New Jersey Medicine in search of a Rapid-Result diagnostic test for Lyme disease.  We supported Stony Brook University’s Research Study on the incidence of Lyme disease in the East End Hispanic population, and we helped combat the tick-borne disease epidemic through participation with the Suffolk County Tick Control Advisory Committee.  Successful outreach efforts enabled us to host a public panel discussion on Alpha-Gal meat allergy, with nationally recognized pioneering researcher Scott P. Commins, MD, PhD, from the University of North Carolina along with our local expert, Allergist Erin McGintee, MD.