Oswego County Health Department Plans Educational Program on Ticks May 23

FULTON – The Oswego County Health Department will host a public forum on Ticks and Tick-borne Disease in Oswego County Thursday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m. at Cayuga Community College, Fulton.

The program will take place in the student center, storefront room 21, at 11 River Glen Drive, Fulton.

Dr. Stephen M. Rich, professor of Microbiology and director of the Laboratory of Medical Zoology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will provide an overview of the hazards and risks associated with ticks and describe appropriate personal protective measures that can greatly reduce risk of exposure to Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases.

He has conducted research on Lyme disease for several years and authored more than 50 publications on diseases carried by ticks, mosquitoes and related topics.

Jiancheng Huang, Oswego County Public Health director, said there has been a dramatic increase in the number of confirmed cases of Lyme disease among Oswego County residents since 2012.

“We are fortunate to have Dr. Rich spend time with us while he is in the area visiting friends and family. His presentation is free and open to the public, with ample opportunity for questions from the audience,” said Huang.

For additional information, call the Oswego County Health Department weekdays at 315-349-3540 or visit https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/index.html.