Southampton Hospital has established the Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center in hopes of both educating the public and increasing diagnoses and treatment of these illnesses affecting East End residents.
In addition to Lyme, tick-born diseases include anaplasmosis, babesiosis, ehrilchiosis, spotted fever and tularemia.
The center includes an advisory panel of doctors and professionals spanning nine different specialties: family practice, internal medicine, infectious disease, allergy, pediatrics, emergency medicine, neurology, psychology and rheumatology.
On Saturday, June 7, Southampton Hospital will host a free panel discussion regarding the disease symptoms, treatment, diagnosis and prevention. The discussion will take place at 10:30 a.m. at Parrish Memorial Hall on Herrick Road in Southampton. RSVP to 631-726-0452 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is also a help line in coordination with the center, which residents and visitors can call at 631-726-TICK.