With the spread of tick-borne illnesses reaching epidemic proportions on Long Island, more than 60 residents attended a forum last Wednesday to discuss the public health crisis and the measures being taken to safeguard the community. “Grappling with Ticks” was the third in a series of 10 panel discussions on newsworthy topics affecting Southold and Riverhead towns hosted by Times Review Media Group.
Tick-borne infections have reached epidemic proportions on Long Island — and the North Fork is often thought of as ground zero for such illnesses. But many of the methods for controlling ticks are not cost-effective or limited by other constraints. Exacerbating this public health crisis is an expanding population of deer, which carry the harmful insects.
The Riverhead Town Board is planning to implement a new tick prevention program among its employees this fall.
Discussed at a work session last week, the pilot program would be led by members of the Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center at Stony Brook-Southampton Hospital. It would be the first town on Long Island to participate in such a program. READ
As if the deer tick problem weren’t bad enough, two state departments — health and Agriculture & Markets — are now urging New Yorkers to be on the alert for the longhorned tick, a new species that may soon make its way here. READ