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Lyme disease affects 300,000 people each year in the United States, with many of those cases coming out of the northeast region. Joining us on this Medical Monday is Dr. Richard Horowitz, a board certified internist in private practice in the Hudson Valley who specializes in treating lyme disease—topic of great debate in the medical community in the last several years. 

State lawmakers hosted a forum in Glens Falls to raise awareness of Lyme disease in upstate New York today. The forum featured presentations from experts on the disease and its transmission.

Attendees packed the auditorium at the Crandall Public Library to hear from a panel of experts on the increasing prevalence of Lyme disease in New York. Presentations covered the disease and current research on tick-borne illness, and suggestions were made about what the state and federal government could do prevent infection in humans.

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A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looks at whether spraying yards with pesticides reduces the risk of contracting a tick-borne disease. In New York, the study focused on Dutchess County.

Study Finds Ticks Linked To Encephalitis In NYS

Jul 16, 2013
Courtesy of Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies

A recent study shows a link between a certain type of tick and a rare illness. The report shows the virus is on the rise in parts of the Hudson Valley and has spread to the Capital District. A disease ecologist in Dutchess County says there are more ticks carrying the virus on one side of the Hudson River versus the other.

Dr. Richard Ostfeld is a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook. He is one of the authors of a paper about ticks linked to encephalitis in New York State. Here’s why he and other scientists undertook the study.

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Advocates gathered in Albany's West Capitol Park  on Friday in solidarity with the "Worldwide Lyme Disease Protest" to raise awareness and highlight the need for more recognition from government, science and medicine that Lyme Disease is a global concern.

Lyme disease is a growing public health concern throughout the Northeastern United States - the co-ordinated worldwide rally is all about getting the word out - with 30 states and 30 countries in all participating.

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Two area U.S. Senators and a Congressman are holding a forum later this morning on Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

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BOSTON (AP) — A new report is urging Massachusetts officials take more drastic steps to combat Lyme disease, from launching aggressive public education campaigns to exploring expanded crossbow hunting to cut down on the number of deer that may be carrying ticks.

The report released Thursday by a special legislative commission also said the state needs to enhance its Lyme disease surveillance methods to get a better idea of the scope of the problem.

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A New York Congressman is re-introducing legislation to address tick-borne illnesses.

On this edition of Medical Monday on Vox Pop we welcome Dr. Daniel Cameron of the Lyme Project. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

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