In Person: How to Be A Bad Host: What You Need to Know About Tick-Born Diseases

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How to Be A Bad Host: What You Need to Know About the Diseases Ticks Carry and the Best Ways to Keep your Family Safe.

Has Lyme disease affected you, your family, your friends? On May 26, join Lyme Connection--the Ridgefield organization that created the BLAST program--to hear recent info about the tick species and pathogens that continue to invade our environment and impact our health.

Do you know about the WCSU Tickborne Disease Prevention Lab? Dr. Neeta Connally, a medical entomologist who oversees the laboratory, will discuss tick behaviors and how best to protect yourself from the diseases carried by these threatening parasites.

Have you heard of the Powassan virus? It can rapidly cause severe disease, including encephalitis. From 2016-2020, 10 cases total were reported in Connecticut; in 2021 alone, there were as many as four. One of those CT patients—and his wife, a nurse—will speak about his frightening ordeal in the spring of 2021.

How can we wisely prepare for CT's many outdoor activities?  

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