posted on: 9/12/2017

Join the Public Library on Monday, Sept. 18 at 12 p.m. for a talk about diseases caused by ticks presented by Carolyn Fredette.

Fredette is the vectorborne disease epidemiologist for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. Each year, New Hampshire has about 1,500 case of Lyme disease, making it one of the highest incidence states in the country. Tick bites can cause other diseases besides Lyme disease.

In 2015, there were also 110 cases of anaplasmosis reported, which is caused by a bacterium, and 53 cases of babesiosis, which is caused by a parasite. There have also been two cases of the Powassan virus in New Hampshire residents, the first in 2013 and second in 2016, but it is not known if these were acquired in New Hampshire. The majority of Powassan cases are seen in the Northeast and upper Midwest, which is similar to anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and Lyme disease. These diseases are all transmitted by the blacklegged (or deer) tick. 

Tick-related disease is topic of lunch session at the Dover Public Library

posted on: 9/12/2017

Join the Public Library on Monday, Sept. 18 at 12 p.m. for a talk about diseases caused by ticks presented by Carolyn Fredette.

Fredette is the vectorborne disease epidemiologist for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. Each year, New Hampshire has about 1,500 case of Lyme disease, making it one of the highest incidence states in the country. Tick bites can cause other diseases besides Lyme disease.

In 2015, there were also 110 cases of anaplasmosis reported, which is caused by a bacterium, and 53 cases of babesiosis, which is caused by a parasite. There have also been two cases of the Powassan virus in New Hampshire residents, the first in 2013 and second in 2016, but it is not known if these were acquired in New Hampshire. The majority of Powassan cases are seen in the Northeast and upper Midwest, which is similar to anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and Lyme disease. These diseases are all transmitted by the blacklegged (or deer) tick.

As part of a grant initiative, the state Department of Health and Human Services has developed tickborne disease prevention educational lessons and presentations with the goal of traveling around the state to present to various groups. Tickborne diseases continue to be a threat throughout the fall months (ticks are active any time the temperature is above 40 degrees and there is no snow on the ground).

Attendees are invited to bring a bag lunch to enjoy during the presentation, which should last about 45 minutes with a question and answer period at the end. There will be handouts available also.

The program is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the Library at 603-516-6050.