May 29, 2014
Many residents of
Eastern Long Island have suffered from a disease brought on by a tick bite. You
don’t have to take a walk in a field or the woods to have a potentially deadly
run-in with a tick. We are all too familiar with Lyme, but ticks are
known to carry other diseases—anaplasmosis, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, spotted
fever, 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.