2013-04-03 / Community

Experts Talk Lyme Disease, Loss of Plants & Birds Due to Deer

If you have had Lyme or other tick diseases or wondered why you’ve seen fewer birds or no longer see your favorite wildflower, find the answers at The Deer Conference 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon, Saturday, April 6, at the Desmond Fish Library.

Sponsored by the Philipstown Garden Club, this program addresses how the deer population has impacted our health and endangered birds and native plants. The conference features a panel discussion with experts Kristine Boyle, Putnam County Health Dept., Eric Lind, Center Director, Constitution Marsh Audubon and Sanctuary; and native plant expert Annie Patton.

This program is free and open to the public. For more info contact the Philipstown Garden Club at 845-265- 2049.

Tick-Borne Diseases on the Rise

A recently released map of New York counties shows the distribution of Lyme disease and non-Lyme tick-borne illnesses across the state.

The map was prepared by Lymeez LLC, a company that manufactures tick-resistant clothing.

Tick-borne diseases include anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, as well as Lyme disease. After analyzing county-level statistics from across the US, the company determined that in “the Top 100 growth counties, tick-borne diseases are ten times greater than seven years ago and invading previously lightly-affected counties. Non-Lyme diseases are growing rapidly and now make up more than 11% of the cases.”

-- Annie Chesnut

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