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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Tick-borne Disease is Preventable

Larry Dapsis of the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension will present a free program about the prevention of tick-borne diseases will be held on Tuesday, April 3 at 6 p. M. at the Hyannis Public Library. Tick-borne diseases include Lyme Disease, Babesiosis, and Anaplasmosis.

Lyme Disease, a bacterial disease transmitted by the bite of a deer tick, is the second-most prevalent infectious disease in Massachusetts, only surpassed by Hepatitis C. Babesiosis, a malaria-like parasitic disease, and Anaplasmosis, another bacterial disease, are also transmitted by the bite of a deer tick. Over half of the cases of Babesiosis in the state occur on the Cape & Islands.

Entymologist Larry Dapsis is the Barnstable County Deer Tick Project Coordinator and has recently been featured on Mindy Todd’s The Point on WCAI-FM. Mr. Dapsis’ research shows that a shortage of acorns may contribute to an increase in Lyme Disease during 2012.

Tick-borne diseases are very serious but are also entirely preventable. Learn the facts of prevention by joining us at the Hyannis Library for this important educational program. This talk is free and open to the public.

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