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League of Towns to Host Community Forum Focused on Ticks, Tick-borne Illness

MDI – The League of Towns, in partnership with Healthy Acadia, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Downeast District Public Health Council, will host a Community Forum on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 to gather public input to guide efforts to reduce the health impact of ticks and tick-borne disease on local residents. The forum, scheduled from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Mount Desert Island School, will feature a panel discussion with experts in tick ecology, tick population control, and the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne illness, including representatives from the Maine Center of Disease Control and Prevention, Maine Board of Pesticides Control, primary care providers, and others.

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 in our communities, our municipalities, and across Maine.

Residents of Ellsworth, Lamoine, MDI and surrounding communities are welcome and encouraged to attend this free event. For more information, contact 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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