By Stephen J. Kotz
Many residents of the East End have experienced the unwelcome experience of contracting a tick-borne disease, whether it be Lyme, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, spotted fever or and tularemia.
To address the many concerns East Enders have about tick-borne disease, Southampton Hospital has launched a Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center with a mission to educate the public, promote collaboration in the medical community and facilitate access to diagnosis and treatment of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.
The center’s advisory panel is comprised of doctors and medical professionals across nine specialties, including family practice, internal medicine, infectious disease, allergy, pediatrics, emergency medicine, neurology, psychology, and rheumatology. It is expected that their collaboration will strengthen their ability to combat the affects of tick-borne diseases and advance education on prevention and treatment options for Eastern Long Island residents and visitors.
In addition, a dedicated “help” line, (631) 726-TICK, is in place.
Southampton Hospital will host a free panel discussion on tick-borne diseases on Saturday, June 7, at 10:30 a.m. at Parrish Memorial Hall on Herrick Road in Southampton. Space is limited. To reserve a seat, call (631) 726-0452.