Experts to discuss ticks, public input sought

BAR HARBOR — A community forum to gather public input to guide efforts to reduce the health impact of ticks and tick-borne disease on local residents will be held at Mount Desert Island High School on Wednesday, May 9, from 6-8 p.m.

The forum is hosted by the League of Towns in partnership with Healthy Acadia, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Downeast District Public Health Council. It will feature a panel discussion with experts in tick ecology, tick population control and the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne illness. Representatives from the Maine CDC, Maine Board of Pesticides Control, primary care providers and others will be among those experts.

Topics for discussion will include tick identification and the tick life cycle; tick-borne diseases that may be transmitted to people, pets and livestock; methods and techniques to reduce tick exposure and prevent tick bites; resources and support for early diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne illnesses; and more. Public input will help to guide actions to protect residents from tick bites and tick-borne illness here and across Maine.

Residents of Ellsworth, Lamoine, MDI and surrounding communities are welcome and encouraged to attend this free event. Call Durlin Lunt, chairman, League of Towns, at 276-5531.

The League of Towns is a collaborative unit of government serving Bar Harbor, Cranberry Isles, Ellsworth, Lamoine, Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor, Swans Island, Tremont, Trenton and Acadia National Park.

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