While the East End prepares for a very active tick season, Southampton Hospital has established a new Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center as an educational resource for both the public and the local medical community.
This Saturday, the center will hold its first discussion panel to address the signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of Lyme disease and other tick-borne disorders. It will take place at Southampton Hospital’s Parrish Memorial Hall at 10:30 a.m. and is open to the public, free of charge.
The panel will include Dr. Rajeev S. Fernando, director of infectious disease at Southampton Hospital; Dr. George P. Dempsey and Gerald T. Simons, both of East Hampton Family Medicine; and Dr. Anthony F. Knott of Meeting House Lane Medical Practice in Montauk.
Lyme disease, one of the many diseases humans can contract from tick bites, is prevalent on the East End. According to Southampton Hospital, that prevalence can be attributed to an overpopulation of deer and white-footed mice, which carry the ticks. A wealth of outdoor recreational activities also increases an individual’s chances of being bitten.
Residents who have questions about ticks can call the resource center’s new hotline at (631) 726-TICK to speak with a medical professional. Those who are interested in attending Saturday’s panel need to reserve a seat by calling (631) 726-0452.