On Tuesday, April 10th at 7:00pm at Town Hall, the Town of Guilderland and the Lyme Action Network provided a presentation on Lyme and tick-borne diseases. Over 200 people attended the two-hour event, which demonstrates the high level of concern about Lyme disease in our area. Professor Holly Ahern, SUNY Adirondack (Microbiology), an expert on Lyme disease, explained the nature of tick pathogens, methods to avoid tick bites, diagnostic testing, and treatment options.
The video of the presentation and Professor Ahern’s Power Point presentation are now available on the Town website.
Professor Ahern is co-founder of the Lyme Action Network, and is a science advisor for national research and advocacy organizations. Professor Ahern has over 40 years of research in the microbiology of tick pathogens, has provided expert testimony before state and federal legislators, and is a frequent speaker and consultant.
Assemblymember Patricia Fahy discussed recent and pending legislation in the Assembly related to Lyme disease. State Senator George Amedore's office provided updates on the State’s efforts to combat Lyme and tick-borne diseases. Senator Amedore is a member of the State Senate’s Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases, which recently issued a report entitled, “Ticking Time Bomb: Comprehensive Report Released on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases,” that highlights the need for immediate statewide action plan and legislative commitment to empowering patients and funding research to reduce the tick population.
Town Supervisor Peter G. Barber commented that “the Town was privileged to host this worthy presentation and I want to thank the presenters for providing important information about Lyme and related diseases so that residents can safely enjoy the Town’s parks and open spaces.”